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Disaster recovery refers to the process of restoring a system after a "disaster". There are many different definitions of what a "disaster" is, but for our purposes this simply refers to any situation where you need to recreate a system after a hard disk failure.
Note: I am referring to
recovery here from the loss of an entire system; if you need to restore just a file or
group of files, simply run your backup software's restore facility, select the file(s) to
be restored, and follow the directions.
Depending on how you did your backups and what software you used, recovery can be very simple or a great deal of work. This section takes a look at recovery procedures in some detail. (You may also change your mind about what type of backup methodology you want to use, based on what you read here.)