I recon it’s time for another “Test it Thursday” (I’ve made this up, it’s not an official national backup testing day).

I reckon it’s time for another “Test it Thursday” (I’ve made this up, it’s not an official national backup testing day).

Hopefully, you all backup your data, whether it’s held locally on your computer, or in the cloud (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.).

That’s all well and good, but do you know that your backups are working properly?

Have you recently tested your backups by doing a test restore? And if you have, when did you last do a test restore?

So please, do a test restore today, on my made up “Test it Thursday”

What you need to do it pick a random file out of all your data. Then, pretend that you have accidentally corrupted that file in some way seven weeks ago, and you have only just realised.

You need to get back the version of that file, as it was on Wednesday 23rd March, before you messed it up on the 24th. That file is crucial to your business, so you need to get it back.

Do a test restore of that file from the backup copy as of the 23rd March, but make sure you restore it to a different folder, we don’t want to overwrite current version of that file (oops).

If you can recover that file, exactly as it was on the 23rd March, you have tested your backup system and it’s working correctly.

If you can’t recover that file, exactly as it was on that date, your backup system is broken, or not fit for purpose.

In that case, talk to me, and I can get you setup with a working backup system.

It’s a good idea to do one of these test restores every three or four months, just to test everything is still working as it should.

Let me know in the comments how you get on with your “Test it Thursday” restores.

Chris 

#TheDataBackupGuy and 

#TheAntiVirusGuy