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.