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ALWAYS Save a Site Backup To Your Computer!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Peggy, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I didn't, and I have lost my entire site. :(

    My site has been down for 72 + hours now. Found out yesterday morning that a DDoS attack on my hosts servers crashed and burned them. Everything was lost.

    When they tried to restore backups, they found that they were all corrupted. Yes I took weekly backups. And stored them on my server, rather than my computer. Stupid, I know.

    This is a 2 yr old blog of my life with my son who has Aspergers as well as other unique abilities. I chronicled his achievements, disappointments, special moments, as well as my feelings, thoughts, and opinions on many other things - God, religion, politics, the weather, mohawks, etc.

    2 years of heart and soul on my blog - lost - although I have found a few things through Google cache, thank God.

    Don't be stupid like me.
    Save your backups to your computer.
    You'll be glad you did.

  2. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear that. BTDT.
    How about archive.org? Maybe you can recover something from there too?

    Backups are only as good if you verify them.
  3. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear about this.. the digital life definitely needs to be guarded. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    Ouch Peggy! That certainly sucks, hopefully next time it doesn't go like that, best of luck! And thanks for the reminder.
  5. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Indeed, my servers makes nightly backups to a secure ftp repository which isn't internet accessable just in case.

    Though a ddos on its own causing that level of damage is strange, it wouldnt surprise me if they used the ddos to open up a security hole then go in and manually trash everything, any reason why you might of been targetted?
  6. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Oh, Peggy, I am so sorry to hear that.
  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Wasn't just me. All clients on these servers lost everything they had on them (unless of course they made their own backups and saved them offline).
  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Well, I don't know how much you got from google cache, but theres a decent ammount of pages there.

    Just do a google search for
    But im off to bed, good luck!
  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Thanks Slavik!
  10. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Peggy, what I find interesting is that your host is a reseller for WiredTree.
  11. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    oh really? Tugoso Consulting? How did you find this out?
  12. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    I followed their IP on the whois.
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Well I'll be darned. I didn't know this.
  14. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is always a good idea to have a backup DB on your computer for sure, but if you get lazy and it is months old it will not do you a lot of good.

    You may be able to build your site back simply by using Google Cache, that works a lot of times, try it.
    boatswife likes this.
  15. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    Wiredtree should have backup servers.
  16. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Thanks I'm working on gathering it all now.
  17. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    THEY do but if she is with a reseller, the reseller is responsible for them.
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I'm paranoid about data so take multiple backups of my local and server data across multiple hard drives and DVD.

    I take a backup of my database daily and the server once a week and I keep rolling copies of the last 10.
    I then copy the latest backups to my local install which verifies the integrity of them.
  19. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    DDoS attack on my hosts servers crashed and burned them.

    DDos attacks don't destroy hard drives.
    Something aint right here.
    Your Host should be fired.
    Darkimmortal and kyrgyz like this.
  20. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    and unfortunately I can't afford a VPS with WiredTree. I may go back to KnownHost.

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