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Is all of your company data on one disk?

Posted by admin on October 24, 2012

Image courtesy of renjith krishnan /

Image courtesy of renjith krishnan /

Sure, I know you’re sick of doom and gloom stories from IT people, but could your business really survive a hard disk failure? How about this near disaster story -

I recently came across a small business (3 people) whose server died. All of the company data was on it, but they weren’t extremely worried as they’d had daily backups for years. I couldn’t help them as they weren’t local, but I did hear what happened. They needed the server fixed asap, so they got someone in that day. He quickly determined that their last backup on the external backup drive was two years ago. They’d failed every day since.

Incidentally if your backup drive is sitting on top of your server when something really bad happens (like a bad power surge) you may be waving goodbye to both.

Fortunately the server problem was just a cheap fan, and the data was still OK, on the server’s disk. Don’t wait until that happens to you to sort out and test your backups.


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