The importance of data restoration can’t be understated. If you believe that it’s something your business doesn’t have to think about, that mindset needs to change immediately. Whether you’re a small business owner, or you’re running a massive company, you couldn’t survive without it. Most people think of the word “backup” and that “the fluffy white cloud” and think that’s all you need, but data backup is often less important than restoration.
Data restoration makes a usable copy of the data available to replace lost or damaged data, while ensuring the data backup is consistent with the state of the data at a specific point in time before the damage occurred. You want to be able to restore all your vital data in a matter of minutes. No matter what has happened to your data, the idea that it’s simple enough for you to retrieve in just a few clicks is comforting. Having a backup file browser makes it easy to restore a file or folder, or view the data that was on your computers from a previous date to restore a previous version of your files, or download all your files at once.
There are several reasons why you need to restore your data. Human error is the first one that usually comes to mind. You might not think it will happen to you, but the next thing you know your data is accidentally deleted or destroyed. You can add malicious attacks exposing your data to cyber-criminals to the list. Also power outages, natural disasters, equipment theft, malfunctions or failures, just to name a few of the things that could go wrong.
Quite often people confuse restore with recovery. The main difference between the restoration and the recovery of a database all comes down to how you view it. Both refer to retrieving files from a backup device, but recovering files typically involves salvaging multiple files. Restoring means replacing a complete system or hard drive from a full system backup.
A prime example of this occurs when you accidentally erase a document. There’s human error at it again. You might be able to recover the file, assuming you have a recent backup. If several files in a folder are corrupted and cannot be opened, you might be able to recover the entire folder from a backup. Individual files and folders can be recovered using a backup utility program or by dragging files from the backup disk to the original hard disk.
Restoration is the action of returning something to it’s former condition. How often in life do we wish we could turn back the clock to a simpler time. To a time when things were running smoothly. That’s why data restoration is not just important, it’s life-affirming.