How Cloud Backup and Restore Saved Me (Yet Again)
For the third time in about a two years, I managed to destroy my MacBook Pro. And this time, my notebook was damaged beyond reasonable repair. I was depressed about the hardware loss. But I never panicked — because all of my data was safely backed up in the cloud.
As loyal readers know, I’ve suffered at least two major hard drive crashes in the past two years. Both crashes were pure hardware issues, and restoring my data was a bit challenging because my cloud backup providers had slow restore services. This time around I was both clumsy but prepared.
Water, Water Everywhere
My latest data disaster involved human error: I spilled a huge glass of water all over my MacBook Pro. The big spill occurred on November 22 — right before I was set to head out for the Thanksgiving holiday. I let the MacBook Pro dry out for four days and visited my local Apple Store’s Genius Bar on November 26. Their diagnosis: At least $1,750 worth of damage.
Even after the potential repairs, I worried the MacBook Pro would never be the same. Instead of rolling the dice with my legacy hardware, I decided to purchase a new notebook. It hurt to open my wallet so wide after making such a clumsy, costly mistake. But the pain would have been even worse had I lost my data.
My moment of truth came on November 27, when I decided to sit down and perform a cloud-based data restore to my new notebook. First, my email came back to life — more than two years worth of messages were alive and well, thanks to my cloud services provider. Then, I began to restore business files and video interviews. The vast majority of my data was A-okay, though I did lose a few interviews that I had forgotten to back up in recent days.
Practice Makes Perfect
This recovery went far better than my previous recoveries. The reason: I followed some timely advice from Axcient CEO Justin Moore and Doyenz CEO Ashutosh Tiwary. During separate meetings earlier this year, both executives told me to spend more time focused on recovery speeds and less time focused on commodity backup services. Their advice paid off. My “new” notebook regained my “old” data in a matter of minutes, rather than hours.
And therein is my core message: At a time when so many people continue to worry about cloud reliability and privacy issues, the cloud has now saved me — and my data — three times in two years. And each time, the data recovery process has become much easier because I’ve received some timely pointers from those in the know.
P.S. — anybody want to buy a MacBook Pro Paperweight?