How Not to Backup Your Data

Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror and Stack Overflow recently learned the hard way that not all backups are equal. Here are some takeaways we can learn from his mistakes:
  • Responsibility for your data begins with you - when your vendor says they are backing up your system nightly to a heavily guarded mountain hideout somewhere in Nevada, ignore them and figure out a way to backup your data yourself
  • Periodically restore your backups - just because you are backing up doesn't mean you will be able to restore your data. Run regular tests to make sure the backups themselves are viable.
  • Treat different kinds of data differently - according to Atwood's experiences, static web text seems to be easier to recover than media files. Focus your backup & restore efforts on the high risk files like images, videos and audio files.

Read International Backup Awareness Day.