World Backup Day: share your horror stories

By on March 31, 2012
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Ever had a backup nightmare? We feel your pain.


Today is World Backup Day, and yes I’m not making that up. Designed to educate the masses about the safety of running backups, WBD is now in its second year and is the brainchild of Ohio student Ismail Jadun, who feels that people need to be reminded that not keeping backups of your data is like digital suicide.

I have to point out though, that mindlessly backing up your data doesn’t make it safe – ensuring that the backups are actually useable is another hurdle that many users skip over. Simply pushing things to the cloud or onto a USB drive doesn’t guarantee that you can retrieve them later on, so running a proper backup and recovery test every so often is paramount to keeping your data safe. I did at once point lose about 300GB of data on a disk drive that had been failing and I had ignored to backup until it was unreadable, and this was back in the days before online backups even existed.

So pay attention and setup a backup routine, whether you’re a company or an individual – it may come in handy one dark day…


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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