Friday, November 23, 2012

Buchanan County Missouri Loses Data in Crash

We've all had it happen to us.  Despite our best efforts, eventually there will be a computer crash somewhere and it will mean lost data, income, memories, and lots of other stuff.


Because of that, it is *really* important that you backup your data.  It's really not that difficult and the amount of time and expense you save is well worth it.  There are lots of websites out there that will teach you the proper protocol.  They are just a Google search away.  Unfortunately, most folks don't' back up adequately and frequently it's because they feel that "it can't happen to me".  However, trust me, it can happen to you.  It has happened to me and even though I'm more prepared that most, I've still had problems.


Now here is a story from the Associated Press about a computer crash that has affected the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department in MIssouri.  Please read the AP story below and realize that if it can happen to them, it can happen to you too.


The Associated Press

Buchanan County's law enforcement center is used to dealing with crashes, but one last week has nothing to do with vehicles and could cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.

County Commissioner Ron Hook says it could cost more than $50,000 to pay for overtime to re-enter law enforcement data lost when a computer hard drive crashed and corrupted software programs.

Sheriff Mike Strong says the hard drive started failing two months ago and affected a number of backup systems. The St. Joseph News-Press reports officers have gone back to using paper records.

Lost data includes arrest and booking records, summons information and other records. The county will have to find a way to pay the overtime to re-enter the information, which isn't included in the current budget.

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