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What is a Network Drive? And Why Use One?

Let’s start small. A shared network folder is a file folder that can be accessed by anyone on a network with the proper credentials or authorization. Access to the folder doesn’t guarantee access to the entire drive, but by being on the same internet network as the network folder, properly credentialed users may access the contents of that specific folder. 

How is a Network Drive Useful? 

To start, everything about network storage is in your company’s control. It’s your drive on your network. No need to worry about vendor outages, subscription costs or contracts. Your main cost is up front in hardware and setup, and after that, no more payments. 

After the network drive is set up, get to work storing files and data. Based on the access that can be given to users, they should be able to view and/or edit anything in the drive with ease. No need to copy the file down to your device from the drive. While the file is saved on the network drive, it can be opened directly on your device, modified as needed, and then saved. 

Why is a Network Drive Better Than Saving to Your Desktop? 

This part is very simple. Your server is backed up multiple times daily. If all files are saved on the server, they will also be backed up. Unlike your server, individual workstations are not backed up. Let’s say someone in your organization accidently deletes a document or, even worse, multiple documents, these can easily be recovered from backups. 

Saving files to your desktop puts them at risk of going missing if something happens with that workstation.  

About Darkhorse Tech

Whether you’re just starting out or a well-established organization, Darkhorse Tech has the experience and technology to help get you moving, cut costs, and streamline your operations via unlimited IT support. We are here to help you do what you do best: focus on providing top-notch care and service for patients – not dealing with IT problems, lag time spent talking with technical support, or complicated technological mishaps. Unlimited IT support services help the whole team work efficiently without worrying about significant system issues or constant interruptions.

Our additional security services include:

  • Unlimited Remote and/or On-Site IT Support of All Your Hardware and Software
  • Improved Network Performance and Security
  • HIPAA Compliant Off-Site and Local Backup Service (Darkhorse Secure Backup)
  • Managed Antivirus, Anti-Malware, and Anti-Ransomware (Darkhorse Security Products)
  • Compliance & Security Laws Standards
  • Microsoft Security Patch Management
  • Vendor Management: We will be on the phone, not your employees
  • Secure, Remote Access to Your Office
  • Firewall Management
  • Network Management
  • Long Term Planning and Budgeting​

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