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Loss of money caused by laziness. That was what had happen to me last month :(

I’ve been receiving server harddisk going-to-fail email notice from cpanel regularly since March. As the server seems to function normally and no significant performance issue of my sites in that server, and i’ve also setup cpanel backup to automatically backup my data regularly to 2nd harddisk … so i thought i can procrastinate to fully backup my disk manually and delay changing a new harddisk.

In the fateful month, September on the 10th, my server finally crashed. I have 3 fairly active game sites, over 10 mini-sites, over 50 parking domains and my main email account hosted in that server. When the server rebooted, all the services were down, file system corrupted, the server admin said it needed an OS reload. I thought, “Well…Ok.. i can quickly move the files over from my 2nd backup harddisk and re-setup everything within 1 day”.

However, stuff always does not goes well as you’ve thought. My 2nd harddisk does not contain the latest backup data! My configured Cpanel backup stopped backing up in April, most likely related to soon-to-be-crashed 1st harddisk at that time. This time i am really upset.

Fortunately, I am able to recover the most of the files back from my local storage as the files doesnt changed too much but the most important is the database data :( 2 of my game sites that are using database are quite active. I did consistently backup 2 of them monthly manually and able to recover data losing only 1 month. The 3rd site, Browser Games Directory, i’ve lost 6 months of data. After 4 days of struggling to recover data, I finally managed to migrate, recover most of the data and bring everything up and running.

My laziness caused me to lose, site revenue, domain parking revenue, database data, emails and traffic loss due to loss of data and downtime.

Even though most of us know that we need to do regular backups, the fact is that most of us dont do it. Probably because we are too comfortable with positive thinking in everything.

After this expensive lesson, i am more cautious and take backup more seriously. This time i will regularly check my backup even if it is automated… I will also going to backup data remotely in case the backup disk in the same server fail… and manually do database backup for very important sites consistently.

My appeal to all of you out there…. Please treat backup process seriously and make sure your database really did backup by automated process. Spare a few minutes of your time checking regularly prevent loss of months of hard work.


Category: Neon Zone
Article posted by: Neon on October 1st, 2007



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2 Comments to “Never Procrastinate To Backup Your Data” »

Oct 01 2007 at 7:51 pm

[…] jbeanie wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThe 3rd site, Browser Games Directory, i’ve lost 6 months of data. After 4 days of struggling to recover data, I finally managed to migrate, recover most of the data and bring everything up and running. My laziness caused me to lose, … […]

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Comment by Jenny
Oct 01 2007 at 10:41 pm

I have been reading about the online backup industry for a while now. Online backup is maturing and slowly getting the attention of the general consumer. One website worth mentioning is the backup review site:

http://www.BackupReview.info

This very informative site, not only posts up to date news and articles from the industry, but also lists about 400 online backup companies and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis and features a CEO Spotlight page, where senior management people from the industry are interviewed.

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