You can learn from my misfortune and from my preplanning for disaster.
Disasters such as this never seem to happen when I have free days on my calendar. My busy schedule made recovery more challenging. Fortunately, the night before, I had made a backup of my documents, and just a few months ago, I had made a routine Ghost (I use Symantec Ghost 2003) of my entire laptop drive to a spare hard drive. Since I use Lotus Notes, which is constantly replicating with the server, I did not lose a single email or document. I was able to take Kathy's laptop, login, and continue working. It took me about a week to find the time to restore my Ghost and backup to a spare laptop and to reinstall the programs that I had added since my last Ghost. Even though it was an inconvenience not to have immediate access to my files (those, not stored in Notes), it was comforting to know that I had them. Further, because I used Ghost, rather than just a file backup, I did not have to reload my system from scratch.
- The time I spend Ghosting my laptop to a spare drive is time well invested. I plan to do this more often.
- It was very helpful to have my key documents stored in my Notes Document libraries.
- Having Notes to replicate every 15 minutes is definitely worth it.
- I plan to make Notes my file store; I will look into products like SWING or Notes 6.x tools to accomplish this.
- I plan to look into a directory replication solution, so that I can keep files that are not in Notes synchronized between my laptop and my server.
- I will check out the latest Veritas remote (WAN) backup solutions for laptops.
- I plan to purchase a third spare hard drive, make a ghost of my system, and keep it with me for instant recovery.
Do you have a current backup and Ghost image of your hard drive?
How quickly can you recover from a drive failure?
If you would like to share your $.02, please post a comment.
PS. I have several blog entries in the queue. As soon as I get caught up, I'll proof and publish them.