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We run an online store and I had a terrible week last week when due to Windows errors, re-installs etc I lost a lot of files. Have managed by using a data recovery tool to recover a lot of files but was a big wake up call for me in terms of having a back-up strategy/procedure in place ( I had nothing!)
I now plan to:
1. Upgrade to WindowsXP to utilise restore/backup features
2. Buy a big zip drive to back up hard drive files
3. Download backup files to off-site data storage facility
Anyone got any advice re backups - what do you do? Any backup management software worth investing in? Easiest/cost effective?
Thanks for any advice
Anyways, it took 3 weeks to get bits and pieces from my laptop, office computer and Alexa's data (archive.org)!
My team and I started with one area then once live moved to the next area.
What we do now.
Backup to Seperate Drive
Backup to Seperate Server
Backup to Seperate Location
Now if we ever have a bad crash and lose all data we can be up and running again fast!
I guess it's a lesson to be learned...the hard way.
Don't let this happen to you. Almost was the end for us.
Right now I think th echeapest thing would be a second mini-itx based server with a live mirror.
Another thing, I have a HARD time copying win xp system files on a live system. Is there a work around?
A client of mine were broken into and had their computers stolen one weekend. The whole lot and all the periphary kit was taken.
Insurance provided new machines pretty fast and they had offsite tape backups.
But the theives had taken the tape drives.
And the tape drives were out of production.
So they had the data but no way to reinstate it onto their machines.
They did manage to find a service from someone who had the old drive to transfer the data onto current format tape drives which they were able to buy and then reinstall their systems but they lost at least one week I think perhaps two because of this odd problem.
Used in one company where many sales people used laptops which left the building to backup that data onto a directory on a network server as travelling laptops are not the most secure things to store unique information on.
Visit storagemountain [storagemountain.com]. Among a lot of information about hardware, software and books, you will find quite a few free backup scripts [storagemountain.com], including some hot topics like backup of databases.
Use a software that stores your data in an open, standardized format - not proprietary. What will happen if your backup vendor files bankruptcy and no other software can read your proprietary backups?
Use a software that scales well with the number of backup clients. I use AMANDA [amanda.org], the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver. It's simply the best free backup software around. It schedules backup levels automatically, so you will never have to bother with what backup level to do on, say, Mondays. AMANDA decides on this depending on your "dump cycle" and the storage available and ensures that, given enough dump cycle runs and storage, you will have at least one full dump every that many days. You can integrate Windows PCs through SAMBA [samba.org]. I have seen Universities asking their users through web forms which shares they would like to have backed up (or restored) though AMANDA.
Read more on AMANDA in this chapter on using AMANDA [storagemountain.com], freely available online. Other backup aspects, like Bare Metal Recovery of Linux [storagemountain.com] or Backup up of an Oracle database [storagemountain.com] are covered in Free Excerpts from Unix Backup & Recovery [storagemountain.com].
I was new to linux (still am) and we were testing a web application on it, we didn't have many servers to play around with, so we had to put our test environment on the same machine. We decided to call the folder 'dev' for development. Little did I know that there was a linux system folder called dev.
One day for whatever reason I wanted to re-do the development site, so I went ahead and deleted the 'dev' folder.
Stuff ground to a halt, I completely lost remote access, users couldn't access the app, nothing. There was NO network connection, so I actually had to go down to the server room and figure it out. After realizing my blunder, I was amazed that the thing was still running. I don't know WHAT I would have done if I didn't have command line access to do MySQL dumps and get that stupid database backed up. whew. Powered down the machine, rebuilt the box, and dumped the data back in.
If it weren't for linux, I probably woulda lost all that data because if I'd powered down the machine I don't think it would have come back up without me reinstalling the OS.
Besides a few things I had on CD I lost everything. So per a suggestion from a guy at a computer shop, I purchased the exact models of my hard drives on Ebay. Then I swapped the boards from the Ebay drives to the burned out drives and much to my surprise both drives started working. I would suggest if you have an old burned out hard drive lying around, give the swap PC board trick a shot, you may just recover something you thought was long gone.
I lucked out of this situation and never want to face such a disaster again. So now I backup to a 200 gig USB external drive and also copy everything to DVDs that I keep off site.