Upcoming Case Study: Backups

I’m working with a new client right now that has had hard drive failure. This is never a good thing, but this particular client was silent when I asked where their backups were. My only thought:

“Uh Oh”

Silence is never a good thing when asked about backups. An immediate “here are our backups” is better. The best answer is “here are our backups, and they were spot checked last Friday.”

The cost of not having this third statement is expensive. My time and the cost of a hard drive recovery service such as DriveSavers can end up costing thousands of dollars, and there isn’t any guarantee that you’ll recover your data at all (although DriveSavers does not charge for failed attempts.)

You could be spending time and money with the only thing to look forward to is spending more time and money manually rebuilding the lost data.

Mac OS X 10.6’s Time Machine is a great start for backups. Plug in an external hard drive, click one button, and it does it for you.

Can you afford not to?

Update:

The hard drives are off to DriveSavers, which means that the price tag for recovery just got quite a bit higher. Assuming that the data is recoverable.

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Mac OS X 10.6.2

Mac OS X 10.6.2 is out.

It fixes quite a bit of issues, including a long-standing issue that I’ve had with Apple Remote Desktop, and its daemon build_hd_index freezing my machine for fifteen to thirty minutes every night at midnight.

It also fixes a rather nasty bug that deals with guest user accounts. In fact, if you have guest user accounts enabled, you should update immediately. Otherwise, I recommend waiting a few days for your production environments, for any new issues to float to the surface and get squashed.