Hi team, this is my first time on here and I'm hoping for a little advice to get me sorted in the office!
My husband and I are finding ourselves having to deal with an increasing amount of computer work in order to run our farming business. As our business gets busier, I know that our current computer situation isn't going to last us into the future.
We are currently using two laptops - one is about 3 years old and gets the majority of use. The second is a very old laptop in our office (we're using it like a desktop as the battery & screen don't work anymore) - this gets used less, but I'm worried it's going to cark it before I replace it and rescue all the files from it. Currently our newer laptop is not backed-up at all. The older one is backed up approximately monthly to a small external hard-drive.
My husband and I have some files/programs we both need access to. Also some of the programs we use are not fully online (so it has to be installed on just the one computer). This can be a pain if one of us has the laptop away and the other needs a file/program that's not the office computer. We also use the computers for our family (photos etc) and our children use them occasionally. We have good internet at home (VDSL I think) - it can cut out occasionally but usually only for a few minutes.
I'm looking for some options to upgrade our old laptop (keep the newer laptop) that will be affordable and user-friendly, yet take us into the future. I have worked in several schools that have their own server, but that was before the whole world of cloud computing. I can find my way around computers just fine, but am definitely no tech-whizz so I'm not sure what is available these days.
The options I have thought of are:
- Buy a 2nd laptop which would mean we can both be flexible with where we work - but then what to do with the bulk of all the files/photos?
- Buy an All in One Computer with a large hard drive (I found an HP one with 3TB) - the All in One Computer can be the "base" computer with all our files, programs etc, and the laptop can just have what we need to work on.
OR: Do we look at creating a small network/server that can hold the files we need?
I also need to think about back-up options as our current "back-up one laptop when I remember" doesn't really cut it.
Sorry this has been so long winded! Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions you can offer.