The Hess Report

Monday, March 09, 2009


The hard drive of our main file server at work died last night around 2 a.m., sending about 80GB of precious work-in-process data into the ether.

Did I freak?

No. Because I keep backups. Twenty-one days worth, with a full backup every ten and incrementals in between. Yeah, it took several hours to acquire a new HD and load all the data back into it, but it was all there.

Why am I writing this? I'm sure you've all read "All my file are gonerz man!" articles and posts elsewhere, which then proceed to admonish you to have a backup system in place. This is the other side of the coin. Success. Everything's fine. Nothing's gone.

1. Have a backup system.
2. Check on it every now and then to make sure that it's actually making backups.
3. When you check to make sure, do a little test restore to make sure that it's working from end to end.

That's what I did, and why I'm not thinking about walking in front of a bus today.

Which reminds me, I need to get my home backup server running too.

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