Uselessness of Backups, or How You Really Get You Data when You Need It

Are you a lucky dog?

Regarding the problem of data safety, this would mean you have never before got a computer data loss causing your documents, folders, or even a set of hard disks going to nowhere. This implies you are that 1 of 5 PC users. Good fortune is something you do not desire that much as long as you are prepared, some may decide. Use a backup program utility to be your handy data protection, so nothing gets gone. Now, that is the time I wonder 'Oh, surely?'

Have you seen those not so happy ones, who did meet a data situation destroying their important documents, video, and a collection of HDs? Oh, I have. The more I discussed stuff with them, the more regularly a question arose: there were many of friends who did actually set up backup solution before the computer data loss happened. What is that? Does that imply those software programs do not really work? For the best of my belief, there are tons of nice utilities which back up stuff very good. But this is only the part of the deal. Backing up is not plenty as it is to save your important files. What you require to get the protection is a disaster recovery strategy.

There is so much nerves around backup that this second part often breaks out of file safety bible view. But backing up is not that complicated. Restoring data is when the actual problem goes.

There is an instance. Mr. X is into file security. He has got repository to keep his backup there and a software application to perform the saving mission. The files are important documents, private correspondence, and diverse illegal access sensible stuff. So, Mr. X encodes these things. After that he applies his reliable backup solution to store files to the secure place. But there is a point: he hasn't saved the encrypting key.

He may have saved it on a smart card that last one is failed or demolished. Or the encryption key was on a machine meeting the blue screen of loss. What are Mr. X's opportunities today to restore the backed up and saved files? Zero (or less).

Hence, abandon the encryption. Let's say we back things up from an NTFS to a FAT 32 HD. Plenty of repository place on that last one, but what the hell, where did a part of a 4 GB data fly? To the area of great fishing (FAT 32 does not let files to be larger than 4 GB).

And those are only a part of different problems regarding the matter of current data restore. Hence, next time you keep in mind about a backup solution, think about a restore plan also.