Disaster Recovery

05 Jan 2009

Frequent Causes Data Loss

I’d like to take the time to talk about something that most people find boring, but is critically important when it comes to your computer, at work AND at home. Backups. They’re not fun. They’re not exciting. And the only time they really get a lot of attention is when:

  1. They’re not done and they’re needed.
  2. They don’t work on a restore operation.

About 70% of the time when we present a Disaster Recovery plan I get a great deal of push back from senior executives on why it costs so much for hardware and software which they don’t use on a regular basis (Of course they are referring to Recoveries, they *should* be using backup software every day). I can usually put down all objections for them, and probably home users too, with just one question:

What would it cost if you lost your data?

Think about that for a minute- what if you lost your payroll data? Tax records? Or at home, the picture of the baby’s first steps? The movies of your son’s graduation? There really isn’t a good reason not to backup your data. The rule of thumb I use is if it takes longer to recreate it than to back it up, then back it up. So I wouldn’t worry about a grocery list, but your college term paper should be backed up (I speak from bitter experience on that). We have a thriving business with Disaster Recoveries, and our partners are the BEST at getting data back. The Top Causes of Data Loss is courtesy of their hard work and real world experience. They have highly trained engineers and clean rooms where they can take apart failed drives (and other media) to recover any readable data on it. You get what you pay for- and skill and facilities to do these recoveries are not inexpensive. In the vast majority of recoveries I’ve been involved in, the expense could have been spared by following good back up procedures. (If it’s too late and you found this post while looking for help on a disaster recovery, click the button on the Ontrack button at the top of the page and you can start the recovery process- trying to fix it yourself may make things worse).

Step 1- Decide what to back up.

When in doubt, it certainly doesn’t hurt to just back everything up. Some terms you might come across:

Step 2- Where do I put it?

Step 3- How do I back it up?

Step 4- Fire Drill!

About Cliff Hatch

Cliff Hatch, MCSE+I, ACE, Security+ is the CIO for Cliff Edge Consulting, LLC (www.cliffedgeconsulting.com), a Las Vegas based consultancy specializing in Microsoft Technologies. (You may republish article in its entirety on your site provided you leave the author credit.)