Fire Drill In Case of Data Disaster


3 May 2016

Get Your Disaster Plan together for Data Recovery; photo by cancsajn It’s Small Business Week and a perfect time for organizations to consider a data recovery fire drill to ensure business gets back in order in the event of a disaster, data or otherwise.

Hard drives in your computer system are not fail-safe and can and will fail for numerous reasons. Often those responsible for business IT may not be aware that one or more of the drives are acting up or about to go down causing major headaches for the users, owners and system admins alike.

To properly plan against a data loss crisis, running simulations now could prevent major headaches later. Check out our preparation tips after the jump.

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Preventing Data Loss from a RAID or Server Crash


14 April 2015

CBL Data Recovery finds preventable mistakes at the core of data loss from RAID and Server crashes.

Each day CBL Data Recovery deals with multi-drive servers and RAID arrays which have crashed causing panic, crippling data loss and potential financial loss to the companies who are dependant on those files. According to a recent IDC report, while worldwide server shipments were up 2.9% in 2014 the number of midrange servers jumped 21.2% driven on companies’ goals of consolidating IT infrastructure and taking advantage of the new virtualization environments available. Translation: more and more small and mid-sized businesses are putting most of their day-to-day business needs [eggs] into a single server [basket]. Virtualized environments give business the look and feel of having several different servers, functions and operating systems separated while actually running off of the same hardware. You can have the company file share on one server, accounting and CRM on another, and online order tracking on another – yet all these services are running from one physical machine.

The small and mid-sized business segment is also the group that, unfortunately, ignores their IT investment the most. For the most part small and mid-sized business will not have a dedicated IT department. At best, it might be a couple of tech-savvy employees who also have other day-to-day responsibilities to take care of. Perhaps it’s the lean market times we live in, perhaps it’s an over-confidence in their own abilities, or perhaps it’s the apparent simplicity of running a server which contributes to the decision of not investing in maintenance or bringing in a managed service provider or IT specialist on a regular basis.

A story we hear frequently at CBL by both IT groups and managed service providers is that a new small or mid-sized client called them after a server crash and the client has no idea how or why a failure happened. The situation has often gone so awry after multiple attempts by the client to rebuild a failed RAID array or restore incomplete or old backups that full recovery is impossible. Let’s take look at some of the hard truths behind these situations.

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October Data Recovery Fire Drill


7 October 2011

Get Your Disaster Plan together for Data Recovery; photo by cancsajn October is small business month and is a perfect time for organizations to consider a data recovery fire drill to ensure business continuity.

“Hard drives in your computer system are not fail-safe and can and will fail for numerous reasons,” says CBL’s president Bill Margeson. “Often those responsible for an organization’s IT may not be aware that one or more of the drives are acting up or about to go down causing major headaches for the business.”

To properly plan against a data loss crisis, running simulations now could prevent major headaches later. Check out our preparation tips after the jump.

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Protecting Backups: How Safe Is Your Data? (Part 4)


1 February 2011

Data Safety Series Configuration of RAID arrays have been greatly simplified over the years. However, as we like to say, It’s Not A Matter of If, but When…. There are important details to remember when storing your data this way: even a RAID can fail.

(Part 4 of our series on Data Safety)

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Keep a Lid on IT


5 February 2009

...resist the temptation to tamper with or hand over the drive to anyone but a professional data recovery specialist…

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The Day His Infallible RAID Array Failed


7 November 2008

Have you ever asked yourself, “What would I do if I lost everything that I’ve stored on my computer for the last 15 years?” Well, one CBL Data Recovery customer did.

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5 Steps to Rapid Recovery When Your 5x9 RAID Fails


6 March 2008

RAIDs. Whether you call it a Redundant Array of Independent or Inexpensive Disks, one thing is for certain. Your organization is very dependent on your RAID and the data that is stored on its hard drives.

While hardware vendors or VARs sell customers on a RAID’s fault tolerance...

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The Need For Data Recovery


24 January 2008

Data recovery is one of those services you will always need. It is one of those services that, despite any preventative measures you take, you will require at some point. You can make countless backups, you can have several UPS power supplies, even have every security software available...

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The Ten Commandments of Data Loss Prevention


17 August 2007

In the August 16, 2007 edition of The Globe and Mail, columnist Jack Kapica brings to his readers’ attention some interesting research results from California-based Strategic Research Corp. in his article, What if your backup needs backup?

Three main causes of data loss...

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How Stable is Your RAID?


1 May 2007

Storage is infallible. Or so you may think.

RAID Arrays do fail and through the doors of CBL Data Recovery disks from arrays do pass with increasing frequency.

Manufacturers frequently claim five 9’s availability, but when one of the disks of your RAID Array fails and then...

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