No one wants to plan for failure, but doing so is essential when working with technology. Over the past 30 days I had the pleasure of having two catastrophic failures. Working in healthcare where were errors can have life changing or ending consequences perhaps that term might not be fully correction. However, the failures were unrepairable, which if you have ever had one is not a fun time.
The first experience was when a database error took down the Emerging Health Leaders website. Not an enjoyable thing to discover. When I called the hosting company they were not much help. Thankfully I had installed Backup Buddy, one of the most important plugins if you have a WordPress site.
Now, given that I’m a nurse and not an IT specialist I did pay the hosting company to repair it. They said it would take 24 – 78 hours. Inside that time I worked with the backup buddy plugin, which had saved copies of the site to Dropbox, and had the site repair before they responded to my support ticket.
Then two weeks ago I had an single drive on my external storage device die. The device is where I store client, photography, website and video work due to the size of it all. It’s designed to be redundant.That way when one dies you replace the single drive let the drive repair itself and then you continue working.
So when the first drive died, I didn’t panic. I simply shut down the drive, bought another drive and waited. When it arrived I placed it in the Pegasus Promise R6 and set it to rebuild. Before it had rebuilt (it got to 63% after 4 hours) all the hard drives had managed to fail. This corrupts the redundancy and renders the files lost.
Now I panicked. Fortunately I checked my online backup through Backblaze, and discovered that I had 99.9% of my files backed up… all 2.5 Terabytes (that is a 2,500 gigabytes). Now if you have normal internet access downloading that would take a long time, and would over run most bandwidth limits. BackBlaze does provide an option to have a drive made and shipped. So within an hour I had requested this service and had my files back in 2 weeks. Now I just need to figure out an external storage solution.
These stories end well for me. I’ve heard many stories from friends that did not end well from them. From lost assignments before midterms, client work destroyed, or their entire portfolio of work lost when they had a laptop stolen. I hate these stories, and often feel sad. So before you even start your next project, please make sure you have a solid backup plan.
There are many affordable options, which are more than reasonable before hand. Remember you are paying for peace of mind, because once you lose all that work there is generally no price you wouldn’t consider for being able to bring it back.