Backup Backup Backup - And Test Restores

This server was destroyed in the Choteau fire in NE Oklahoma on 11/27. This is why I stress to my clients the need for off-site backups. That's a telephone on top.


Any small business owners out there should ask themselves "What would I do tomorrow if none of my data was retrievable". The answer in many cases is "I'd go out of business". Backups are cheap insurance, and if you don't store them off-site, you will regret it one day. Even taking yesterday's tape home with you is better than leaving it at the office.



  • Kurt Nordstrom 9y

    Dad-gum! Tell me that was from an external fire, and not an overclocked CPU. :)
  • T-Town Photo Booth 9y

    Ha! I joke that it looked like their cooling fans stopped. Though TX made the CNN today for having some high winds and fires that destroyed 6 houses last night, Oklahoma did not make the national news.
    At last count, over 30 homes and businesses have been lost, and some fires are still burning. We had 70 mph winds yesterday evening, and still no rain.
  • Jallen Dragonhide 9y

    I've received a computer system in similar shape... I admit it wasnt THIS BAD, but...

    I took the hard drive out, and put it into another system and it worked just fine.

    Crazy. The client was so HAPPY.

    Do they have a backup solution now? Sadly, no. They don't want to spend the money.

  • christine kaelin 8y

    the telephone is priceless! shame about the fire, tho.
  • Stephen L Harlow 8y

    This makes a powerful message. I faved and blogged it.
  • redrouteone 8y

    Fantastic picture, just used it for a blog post, have linked back to you.
  • redrouteone 8y

  • mad_world01 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Appetite for destruction?, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Keiron 7y


    Used your image to get my point across on my post about backups, hope you don't mind - it's a fantastic image
  • rebeccatee1 7y

    I would like to use your photograph in an Information Communication Technology schoolbook to emphasise the importance of making back ups and keeping them separate from the originals. If you are happy with this would it be possible for you to send me a hi-res photo and let me know how we should attribute the photo?
    Many thanks
  • T-Town Photo Booth 7y

  • Cats Five 6y

    Do they have a backup solution now? No? REALLY????

    That is why I hate almost *ALL* people. Bar none. My two years of technology experience sealed that, let me tell you.

    I'm now working on a technology that will destroy all lower and mid-level IT managers...
  • T-Town Photo Booth 6y

    CatsFive: Buddy, we need to talk. Sign me up for your evil plan to destroy IT Managers.
    This company had a backup solution back then. It was my company. However, they didn't bother to store their tapes off-site. Honestly, I should check if they are doing that now. If not, I'm sure the photo can remind them they should do so.
    Again, clue me in on your plan. I'm curious with "two" years of tech experience what has motivated you. I'm on my 18th year now, and though I have a list of enemies, I haven't yet targeted an entire category. : -)
  • Cats Five 6y

    Dude. This is an ACTUAL conversation between myself and an IT manager after I asked him to tell me a bit about their email environment.

    Manager: "I'm sorry, company policy forbids me from diseminating any information about our environment."

    Me: "OK, that's fair. Would you mind me telling you a bit about how our technology works?"

    Manager: "Oh. Uh, I'm sorry, company policy forbids me from hearing any information that could possibly change our environment."

    It's as close as I've come to actually losing my $#!+ on a manager. And I never did. I never once said anything unprofessional. But the stuff I've seen... dude. Whoooo, boy. And I bet that, over beers, we could really exchange some stories. Cheers!
  • PayBackKills 6y

    Were you able to plug it in and check to see if it still worked? Jk.
  • T-Town Photo Booth 6y

    PBK: One of our engineers took the guts out of the hard drives and put them in good enclosures we had on hand (without a clean room) and the similar server he put them in booted right up! It was a SCO Unix box.
  • Ed Salisbury 6y

    Great photo! I used it for a blog and linked back here. Take care!
  • ms18352002 5y

    Thanks again for letting me to use the photo! It was perfect for my post on backing up data.
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