Data Backup Verification

Backup Verification

Automated backup verification is impossible for most types of data and storage media. The only way to provide backup media verification or to check data consistency is a manual recovery with subsequent analysis for restored data. However, Handy Backup allows automating some verification procedures.

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Methods of Automatic Backup Verification


Automatic Recovery

This method is especially useful for such tasks as mail backup verification. Just create a recovery task and restore your email backup to some other folder (perhaps on completely different web mail server). If a task will complete successfully, all emails are OK, then it is a proof sign of backup consistency.

Automatic Recovery for Backup Verification

Using Data-Specific Tools

For such tasks as MySQL backup verification, you can use third-party or data-related software solutions for data backup verification. Restore backup content to somewhere automatically or manually, and then run some checking tool to assure recovered data consistency.

Using Data-Specific Tools for Data Backup Verification

Here is an exception for recovery drive images, as Handy Backup contains built-in algorithms to check overall stability of drive and partition images created by System Recovery and Disk Image plug-ins. You do not need to turn these algorithms on, there are always in use.


Utilizing Backup Media Verification Software

The third way to run backup verification is checking media storage for backups with dedicated tools, such as chkdsk for local drives. Use advanced mode for a task wizard, and on Step 7 of backup creation, allow running such tool from a command line before executing a main task.

Utilizing Backup Media Verification Software

Manual Data Backup Verification

Still, for many data types and tasks, the most useful way of backup verification is manual check. For all modern storage types, from local and external USB drives to NAS units and different FTP servers to cloud services such as Amazon S3, Google Drive and Dropbox, it is a very simple action!

Manual Data Backup Verification

Handy Backup keeps unencrypted files in native formats, which simplifies backup verification to just browsing data content on storage after backup and comparing this content with original information. You can use any file managers and other appropriate data accessing tools.

Note: Automated backup verification described in previous section can also require regular manual control. Handy Backup supports a very big list of data types, and each of these data require some different verification procedures.

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Data Backup Verification during Transferring

Backup Verification during Transferring

As a difference with previous verification types, Handy Backup fully automates continuous backup verification when transferring data to or from any storage. It is often a part of storage API and multithreading data engine of Handy Backup itself, requiring no attention or actions from a user.

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