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Submission + - Alaska PFD information lost due to improper backup

DamnStupidElf writes: "As reported here (registration required) and at CNN, the Alaska Department of Revenue lost all of the Permanent Fund Dividend applications last year when a technician accidentally deleted them from both the primary and backup SANs. According to this Microsoft business study (registration also required) the data was stored in MSSQL 2005 and the tape backup solution was supposed to be more efficient. According to the articles, some critical files necessary to restore the data were excluded from the backups and a restore was never tested due to lack of disk space. It cost over $200,000 to recreate the lost applications manually after Microsoft and Dell were unable to recover the database; a costly reminder to always test the backups."

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