With all the talk about backup to the cloud, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the encryption that is always part of that backup strategy. Most encryption methods assume the underlying hardware is good. But given that as many as 3-6% of hard drives fail in any given year, it’s important to ask the question: Can using encryption destroy your backup?
A few bad sector clusters on an unencrypted hard drive are not a big problem for a data recovery laboratory — even if it involves the MFT – master file table. But a couple dead sectors on an encrypted drive can mean a complete inability to recover anything, depending on the method of encryption.
- Having your data backed up on multiple physical disks is a very good thing!
- Use different software and hardware as a secondary backup strategy, especially if encryption is used.
- If your strategy involves encryption to the cloud, make sure there are multiple data centers.
- A single data store with multiple incrementals for history is great. But… remember if it’s encrypted you are one “bit flip” away from having nothing (depending on the encryption mechanism).