Data Recovery Article
Internet Security and Data Backups
A vital part of any security scheme is backup. No matter how tight your
security is, you always have the chance that a virus or hacker or even your
5 year old kid is going to slip through your defenses and damage your system
and your vital data files. If you don't back up your data regularly you will
be out of luck. And anyone who has been there knows how horrible it is to
realize that your computer is destroyed and there is no way to get the files
In order to back up your system, you will need a backup device. Some people
use Zip or Jazz drives, others use tape drives, write able CD drives, or
other removable cartridge systems. I know it sounds expensive, but compared
with the cost of losing your valuable data forever, each of these is cheap.
I've found that the best all-around product for backup is Backup Exec. This
product requires a tape drive, as do most other third-party backup
solutions. Backup Exec is preferred because it can be made totally automatic
and is one of the top-rated products industry-wide. If you want to back up
to other media, though, you'll do best to stick with the backup software
that comes with the media.
An important fact that I've noticed about backup is that you have to make it
a part of your normal routine. Even if you have automated backups set up and
working perfectly, you must check them constantly. If you don't you will
find yourself without a backup when you need it most! My advice is to try
restoring files from your backup occasionally when you don't need it so you
are ready and are sure you have good backups when you do need them.
Backup Disaster - A True Story
Not having a good backup can be a disaster of epic proportions. In one
instance I've seen the lack of a backup turn a situation which was
uncomfortable into a complete disaster.
I knew a guy who was working on an older Macintosh computer. Our entire
company switched to PCs except for him, because he didn't have the time. The
Macintosh was old and unbeknownst to anyone it had been outfitted with an
old RAID drive (mirrored) from a manufacturer that no longer existed.
This guy believed he was doing backups every day. Someone showed him how to
do it and he followed those instructions to the letter, even to the point of
ignoring the error that it produced each and every time it ran. That was
actually in the instructions.
One day his hard disk started making strange sounds so he called us. We
tried to boot it up but no go. We asked him if he was doing backups and he
handed us his zip disks, which were blank! He had been faithfully doing
backups for over two years, and not one of them worked.
We had to send the disk out to a disk repair shop, and they managed to
recover about 20% of the data at a cost of over $6,000! It took the poor guy
almost six months with two temps to get all of the data hand-typed back into
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