In my last post regarding disaster recovery, I was focused more on servers and the whole business continuity aspect rather than being focused on desktops or your own personal workstation. Well, as fate would have it, you write a post on disaster recovery and guess what happens? Disaster strikes.
Within days of my posting, I noticed that my Windows 8 apps no longer worked. Remember, that I’m on a Mac and using VMWare Fusion to host a Windows 8.1 VM. Anyway, it’s recommended to perform a “refresh” which everything displayed CLAIMS (caps intentional) that it does not harm or change your files or applications in anyway. LIARS! After my “refresh”, I found all of my apps where GONE! Not just the shortcuts but deleted from Program Files! Okay, now I’m in a pickle, right?
Let’s not wave the white flag just yet… When I got my Mac one of the really cool things I discovered early on was Time Machine. I couldn’t plug in my little Western Digital Passport fast enough. Then I went and both another WD Passport for home so that I have two backup sets. That being said, during the week I seldom plug my laptop into my home office setup. If I am working at home during the night, I generally just do what I need to in the living room or at the kitchen table.
The Mac doesn’t have an exclusive on this of course. There are numerous backup utilities for Windows that can do much the same thing but people rarely do it. Take some friendly advice – do it.
Time Machine is so easy it’s incredible. Just open the folder you’re interested in, in my case it was Documents/Virtual Machines and then click ENTER TIME MACHINE from the Time Machine icon in the menu extras area. Once you enter TIME MACHINE, you’ll see a timeline on your right. Just scroll to the day you want to restore from , choose the file or folder, right click and choose restore. It could not be simpler.
Don’t overlook making daily backups of your personal workstation. Many people think if they have SSD or cloud storage that negates the necessity of performing backups, but this isn’t the case. You can still have corruption, Windows can still screw up (or screw you over) and then we all just make dumb mistakes every once in a while. Backup early, backup often is a great mantra.