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Whether one plans for it or not, disasters will occur. Sometimes it is a hurricane and others it is an earthquake. Fires, floods and other localized disasters can also cause problems. Without a plan for disaster recovery, most businesses do not survive.
Often it is possible to recover data from hard drives where the rest of the machine is destroyed. Always try to locate these machines that can have a hope to be salvaged. If the drive is still intact, there is a good chance most, if not all the data stored there can be recovered.
This is one time that it will pay to hire a professional. Your attempts at recovering data can actually make matters worse. The experts know the best way to retrieve what is left and the cost of their services is well worth it. Remember, insurance may cover part of all of the costs.
Make sure all data is backed up regularly. At least one copy should be stored off-site at all times. Many chose to use an online secure backup server for this service. Others will burn tapes or other storage media and store copies off-site on a regular basis.
Always plan for the worst but hope for the best. Redundancy can pay in preparing for the unexpected. It is vital that the plan complies with all regulatory stipulations regarding customer and employee privacy.
Take time to test the plans that are made. If they do not work when things are working ideally, they are not likely to work after an event. Stop wasting time with plans that do not work.
Any business could suffer loss due to an unexpected event. With the great amount of data required to operate a business it pays to have a disaster recovery plan. Without such plans, most businesses do not survive natural or localized disasters.