September 5, 2008

Data Recovery Disaster

Forgive any formatting issues...I am writing this on my BlackBerry as I head into work.

Awhile back, I had a catastrophic system failure and lost a lot of data at home. Digital photos, my CD and DVD rips, source code...I lost a lot.

After that, I promised myself I wouldn't get burned again, so I bought myself a 500GB Western Digital MyBook and set it up as a backup drive. Every Thursday night as I would go to sleep, I would plug the drive in, start the backup, and it would be done by morning. Once a month, I would test the backup to ensure all was well.

This process had already saved me twice over the last year and so I was happy with it...until this morning.

I started the backup last night and when I woke up this morning, I noticed my computer was off. I turned it on and heard the clunk of death from my data drive, but my PC still booted. Booting made me feel better because that meant I just had to replace the drive and restore the backup.

I checked the backup logs and they said the backup completed prior to the power outage and I felt even happier.

I turned on the backup drive so I could quickly verify the backup before running to Fry's later...and there was no data on the drive.

A quick restore of the partition table and a reboot shows me a corrupted root directory.

Needless to say, I am not happy. I have most of the critical files backed up to DVD, but it sucks when your failsafe fails.


RemohDad said...

Sorry man... that's never fun.

Black Jesus said...

I've been hearing good things about Windows Home Server.