I must be made of magnets as of late. Computers are crashing all around me. Yesterday, one of our servers at work died and today I got a message that my hosting company is having server problems as well. I’m less worried about my hosting company. They do wonderful work and fix things in a flash. Plus, they do something very important – they run backups. I run backups of my site as well, just in case, but after years of working with them, I’ve never had a problem. In fact, they even fix problems that I create.
The office servers are another story. Oh sure, they run backups. But unfortunately, the file restoration is slow-going, which means that while the files could get restored by the beginning of next week, we need them now. I opened a file to work on it this morning and discovered two days of work missing. Thankfully it wasn’t a whole lot of work, but it started to make me think I was going crazy. “Wait, I already did this, didn’t I?” My options are to wait for the restore or re-do everything. Unfortunately, the answer is re-do everything. It’s not going to be hard, just time consuming and a little frustrating. But I’m one of the lucky ones. There were much more important things that disappeared that may never be restored (depending on the time of the backup).
What’s the lesson here? Backup your work. Back it up often. I’m a fan of the idea of fairly constant backups, using either an online service or a program on your computer to backup to an external drive. In fact, I suggest you use both, but that’s just me. We’re going to an increasingly digital world, which is great, but it’s so much easier to lose absolutely everything with just one hard drive crash.