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What To Do When There's A Server Failure

There are few things in life you can say with no qualifications.
Here's one: No one likes a server failure.

When a server goes down, businesses come crashing to a halt,
hence the term "server crash." The words, "I think the server is
down," sends a chill up the administrator's spine, as he or she
knows the deluge of phone calls he is about to receive from
impatient users.

The best defense is always a good offense. The surest way to
avoid data loss is to include data recovery as a part of your
overall backup and disaster planning. But sometimes, things just
happen. So here are a couple of tips to follow now, so if (and
when) something does go awry, fixing it will be a bit less of a
chore. Send me more as you think of them.

Our first tip comes from Ontrack Data Recovery: Use a volume
defragmenter regularly. Because a defragmenter moves the pieces
of each file or folder to one location on the volume, each
occupies a single, contiguous space on the disk drive. During a
recovery, files and folders will be easier for data recovery
specialists to find. Remember not to run defragmenter utilities
on suspected bad drives; doing so could have damaging effects.

Secondly, remember to backup, backup, backup. Every night is
ideal, but even more often may be needed depending on your
business. But definitely do it daily, and also before and after
major hardware or software changes.

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