Originally Posted by Crazy9000
Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
Of course, if one has their data properly backed up, then it won't matter if data can't be recovered from an SED that has gone bad.
It's still boggles my mind (or what passes for one) that people just can't understand that making and maintaining backups is so much more cost effective (and effective, period) than attempting to recover data after a drive failure (which is iffy at best). If people would just realize when they budget for data drives, they also need to budget for backup drives or some other reliable form of backup, people like Xeb would be out of work. But, due to ignorance (it's also amazing how many people still think RAID is a backup) or people just flat being cheap, Xeb doesn't have to worry about job security.
I once worked for a company that instead of getting a NAS, they got an external USB drive, hooked it up to a random computer, and shared it on the network. Of course it eventually got knocked off the edge of the desk it was on and stopped working. Lucky for them I backed it up every friday, as there was no backups being done at all before me. I wasn't hired in an IT position either- I was running CNC machines.
They would have lost at least a years worth of CNC programs and CAD models. Would have had to reverse engineer some of their own parts in order to make them again.
Thank you for posting that! I emphasizes a point many (actually, most) people fail to grasp: even backup drives can fail (although, technically, that external drive was not a backup). While using a single drive instead of a NAS was alright, not having in a safe location and not having it backed up was not, as you story pointed out. Even if it had been a NAS instead of a single drive, had the NAS been damaged in some way, such as a voltage spike or current surge, malware getting planted on it, user error, or some clumsy oaf knocking it to the floor, etc., and if it was the sole repository of data, the data would have been lost, even if the NAS had a RAID (all RAIDs above 0 do is provide redundancy that allows work to continue should one or more drives, the number depending on the kind of RAID, fail). Multiple backups that do not get connected to the computer except when updating the backup are essential. That way, if one backup drive should fail (I've had it happen), you will still have another one. Having multiple backups has saved my bacon (and data) and time more than once.