In 2004, the University of Hawaii experienced a flood that swamped the bottom floors of several buildings. As a result of the flood, the university library science program lost samples used in research projects, which then had to be restarted.
“I was involved with the recovery process for the library school,” said Brian Chee, associate director of the University of Hawaii’s Advanced Network Computing Laboratory and senior computer scientist at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Information Security. “And basically because the drives weren’t durable … every single one of their backups were damaged. They had no backups. [All] the samples, all the things they had been collecting on research projects [were lost]. Several research projects actually had to start from scratch again.”
Backing up his data to a disaster-resistant hard drive has changed Chee’s mindset regarding information storage. “It’s actually cheaper and faster than tape — and significantly more reliable,” he said. “Now I just drop [the data to be backed up] onto a server or a backup server or something.
See University of Hawaii Purchased Disaster-Resistant Hard Drives Following Flooding, by Cory McKenna, for Government Technology.
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