Crashed Real Bad

Well it’s working to some degree, half of the images are missing and a bunch of other stuff isn’t working properly yet.

Plus the last time I backed up the database was September 10th so all posts/comments since then have been lost.

I’ve gotten the Google cache from the front page, but those posts I was using the ‘more’ tag…I’ve lost the rest of the post.

I’ll try and recreate them the best I can over the weekend if my original host really can’t recover anything.

Apparently there was some kind of cascading failure, so when the hard-disk failed it also b0rked the backup server…and that was the end of that.

Everything is gone, all my important sites, money making sites…everything.

Luckily I was getting suspicious last month and did a quick backup, I’m not sure if I backed up the files though.

And now this site is hosted in Malaysia so it should be blazingly fast for people in Asia-pac.

Hopefully I’ll get the latest SQL dump from the previous host and put all the images back and we’ll be sorted.

If not I’ll patch things back together the best I can do.

Another lesson – don’t rely on others BACKUP REGULARLY…I wish I had got around to setting up the automated back-up for all the servers accounts like I kept meaning to.

It just goes to show procrastination is the mother of all fuck-ups.




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19 Responses to Crashed Real Bad

  1. spiller October 11, 2007 at 6:26 pm #

    eh Kim’s site still down leh?

  2. James October 11, 2007 at 8:12 pm #

    Use Blogspot, don’t even have the option for backing up 🙂

  3. moons October 11, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    Ouch. Quite a lot of data gone it seems, I used to be lazy as well for backing up my stuff, until 1 day hdd failed and i lost all my programs, files and stuff.

    Got so pissed I wanted to kicked myself for not backing up more regularly.

    Well, once was enough for me, once bitten twice shy.

  4. ben October 11, 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    ST: You said you got suspicious last month. What made you so?

  5. Edrei October 11, 2007 at 11:42 pm #

    Since you’re on WordPress, the new backups do have it automatically emailing it to your email. I just set it to regularly email it to my Gmail with Gmail archiving all my backups.

    Worked like a charm until I there was a problem sending, but still…I managed to get all my backups.

    Another good thing too, get a reliable webhost. It’s always about “cheap, good and fast. Pick two.” Mine’s in the states hosted by people I can trust, with daily backups. So even if my own hatchet job of a backup fails, I’ve still got my back watched.

  6. melvin,foong October 12, 2007 at 1:33 am #

    My RSS reader archived your pages, but up to a certain limits. Email me and I will check when do I have. Cheers.

  7. markorega October 12, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    Sorry to hear that. well at least its up and running

  8. Azmeen October 12, 2007 at 11:53 am #

    Man, that sucks. Hope you can recover most (all would be better) of your content.

  9. gbyeow October 12, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    Reminds me of the crash we had 2 years back. Just remember to switch off your pings before recovering the posts. Good luck man.

  10. KY October 12, 2007 at 2:44 pm #

    own3d by hosting is the most sien.

  11. earl-ku October 12, 2007 at 4:11 pm #

    that sucks man … the thing is that there is nothing much you can do …

  12. TenthOfMarch October 12, 2007 at 5:48 pm #

    Luckily that you still have a backup of it even though you have lost one month worth of posts. It could have been a lot worse. Although I wanted to install the wp-db-backup plugin a long time ago, I have been lazy. I installed it last night after knowing what has happened to your server. Hope you get to recover more of your posts.

  13. Wayne Liew October 12, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    I can’t afford this to happen to my blog. I scheduled my blog to auto backup once a week using a plugin.

  14. gazard7 October 13, 2007 at 11:45 am #

    All the best, and hope your site will recover soon.

  15. Boss Stewie October 14, 2007 at 2:30 am #

    it knocked up the backup server as well?


  16. Lil' Ms Pinky October 14, 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    People have been preaching, ‘Back up, back up’ but we keep procrastinating.

    I guess I will have to back up my stuff now.

  17. Ashish C. October 16, 2007 at 5:12 pm #

    Ouch. No wonder your feed is showing the Zodiac review at the top. I have the old post’s in my reader but they are just the excerpts… Here’s to hope that you get your content back. 🙂

  18. xes October 17, 2007 at 2:20 pm #


  19. ShaolinTiger October 18, 2007 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks for the wishes all! Things are 95% back to normal now, just a bit of 2 posts missing and all the comments since Sept 10th 🙁

    I suggest everyone back-up EVERYTHING right NOW!

    moons: Yah just never expect it to happen, especially when host promises back-up.

    ben: There was a crash, some down-time, a complete lack of responses from the host and their support system license key expired..

    Edrei: Yah will set-up a proper system this time, it was semi-manual as the host was supposed to be backing it up. It was hosted in the US too in a good data-center…and it wasn’t cheap either. Oh well, I’ll host it in Malaysia now with someone I trust and I’m setting up a VPS for my other sites so I can manage it myself.

    melvin,foong: Thanks Melvin, sorted it now.

    gbyeow: No worries, I ping manually 🙂

    TenthOfMarch: Yah could have been 3 years of posts…lucky only 1 month.

    Boss Stewie: No idea, they called it a ‘cascade’ failure.

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