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Uselessness of Backups, or How You Actually Recieve You Data when You Need It

Are you a lucky dog?

Concerning the issue of computer data protection, this would mean you have never before got a data loss causing your files, photos, or even a group of disks going to oblivion. This implies you are that 1 of 5 PC users. Luck is something you do not want that much as long as you are prepared, some may think. Purchase a backup program tool to be your reliable file security, so nothing gets killed. So, that is the time I wonder 'Oh, truly?'

Have you seen those not so fortunate ones, who did see a data case gulping their files, folders, and a set of HDs? Oh, I have. The more I talked about things with them, the more often a question appeared: there were tons of pals who did actually set up backup tool before the file loss happened. What is that? Does that imply those software do not actually work? For the best of my knowledge, there are tons of cool software apps which back up files very good. But this is only the half of the process. Backing up is not enough as it is to protect your files. What you require to get the protection is a disaster recovery strategy.

There is very much fuss about backup that this second piece often breaks out of file safety bible view. But backing up is not that complicated. Restoring data is when the actual issue comes.

Here is an illustration. Mr. X is into file securilty. He has found repository to keep his backup there and a program application to accomplish the saving work. The data are corporate docs, private emails, and other illegal access sensible things. So, Mr. X encrypts these data. After that he sets up his smart backup utility to store files to the safe archive. But there is a thing: he hasn't backed up the encryption key.

He may have saved it on a smart card that last one is lost or damaged. Or the encryption key was on a machine observing the blue screen of death. What are Mr. X's opportunities today to restore the backed up and encrypted data? Nothing (or less).

Hence, forget the encryption. Let's discuss we back data up from an NTFS to a FAT 32 hard disk. Lots of repository place on this last one, but what the hell, where did a part of a 4 GB file go? To the fields of nice chase (FAT 32 does not permit files to be larger than 4 GB).

And these are only a part of various tasks regarding the thing of current important data recover. Hence, next time you consider about a backup strategy, consider about a restore plan too.


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