Caleb Tennis Bad backups can ruin more than just your movie

June 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We all know that backups are important.  But beyond just having backups, having a comprehensive validation and restoration strategy is paramount as well.

Case in point, Toy Story 2, which was accidentally deleted through an errant command by an administrator. But beyond that, the admins found that the backups were bad. Think about that for a second – they go to their backups, and find out they’re worthless. Nobody thought to check that stuff ahead of time. Only when they really needed them did they realize they weren’t going to work.

Luckily, someone had archived a backup copy on a computer at home, which ultimately kept the movie from going away forever. But the story is clear, the Popeil method of “set it and forget it” related to computer data backups isn’t sufficient.

Periodic restoration and checking of backups is essential to make sure you know you’ll have what you need when you need it.

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