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Data Recovery Should be Your First Priority

Video games teach players a surprising amount of lessons, according to Cracked. Everything from timing, to resource management, to organization, to basic morality and social skills sneaks in under the radar, embedding themselves in a player’s head. However, one of the biggest lessons that generations of players learned is saving progress regularly, and the importance of data recovery. Because when you’ve put hours of work into something, and you’re on the verge of completion, that is when fate will conspire to glitch the system, and make you start all over again.

Data Recovery: Always Save Your Game

It might seem trivial to compare a schematic for the season’s new car, or a blueprint for an office building to a game where a blonde-haired berserker fights dragons, but the lesson is the same in all three cases. You need to save your progress as often as you can, and whenever possible you need to back up that save in a separate location just in case the first one gets corrupted.

If you’re going to learn this lesson, it’s better to lose your progress in a game than it is to lose three months of work the night before your proposal is due.

Always Have A Data Backup And Recovery Plan in Place

Technology has evolved to a point where backing up your data is something that takes seconds, and which can take a dozen different forms. With the press of a button you can save your data to the hard drive, and with a few clicks of the mouse, save your data to an external drive as well. If you’re online, you can also save your data in the Cloud, allowing you to access (and modify) it from any device you can connect t the Internet with.

With so many options to choose from, it’s important to create a plan, and to follow it. That’s why it’s important for you to evaluate your needs, and to draw up a data backup and recovery plan.

For example, say someone was an author. When working on a manuscript the author saves to the hard disk every few paragraphs, and then at the end of the day’s work makes a copy on an external hard drive. Then, for some additional security, saves a copy of the manuscript in his email account after every new chapter.

Now, that plan is fine for a single file, or a single project. But what about when you have bigger needs? Say you’re a business with a huge database of client information. It’s important to make sure you back-up all your files, and all your settings, instead of just some of them. That is where things can get complicated.

Restore Your Settings

This is where the video game metaphor comes full circle. If you’re a business, then you’re playing a game called Commerce, and a system crash can lead to all the progress you’ve made so far getting wiped away. However, every time a business backs up its data, it’s saving all the progress it’s made up to that point. That way even if something does crash the system and ruin everything, it’s possible to go back in time to the point where everything was fine again.

If, that is, a business has been backing itself up and saving its settings. Ideally this should happen regularly, and during a period where the system isn’t experiencing a great deal of traffic (the early hours of the morning is a good time for scheduled settings saving). That way, even if something goes catastrophically wrong, a business is only transported back to earlier that day, as opposed to being forced to start at square one with none of the data it had laboriously collected over months and years.

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  • 02/09/2016
  • IT