Disaster Recovery Plan
Equipment Protection and Salvage
Last update: Tuesday, 21-Mar-2000 10:32:36 CST
This document contains information on procedures to be used immediately following
an incident to preserve and protect resources in the area damaged.
It is extremely important that any equipment, magnetic media, paper
stocks, and other items at the damaged primary site be protected from the
elements to avoid any further damage. Some of this may be salvagable or
repairable and save time in restoring operations.
- Gather all magnetic tape cartridges into a central area and
quickly cover with tarpolines or plastic sheeting to avoid water damage.
- Cover all computer equipment to avoid water damage.
- Cover all undamaged paper stock to avoid water damage.
- Ask the police to post security guards at the primary site to prevent
looting or scavanging.
- Salvage Magnetic and Optical Media
The magnetic and optical media on which our data is stored is priceless.
Although we retain backups of our disk subsystems and primary application
systems off-site, magnetic tapes stored in the tape vault and machine room
area contain extremely valuable information that would be tough to lose.
If the media has been destroyed, such as in a fire, then nothing can be done.
However, water and smoke damage can often be reversed, at least good enough to
copy the data to undamaged media.
After protecting the media from further damage, recovery should begin
almost immediately to avoid further loss. A number of companies exist with
which the University can contract for large scale media recovery services.
A list of the companies that might be able to provide these services is
found in Section DRPAP001: Media Recovery Services.
If more immediate attention is required than can be provided by a contractor,
Section DRPAP002: Recovery of Damaged Magnetic Tape
and Optical Disk Media
describes the recovery process that can be used on-site.
Also, additional information on the recovery of diskettes is found in Section
DRPAP003: Recovery of Floppy Disk Media.
The following are links to sites that provide additional information about salvage
techniques for magnetic and other media.
- Salvage Equipment
As soon as practical, all salvagable equipment and supplies need to be
moved to a secure location. If undamaged, transportation should be
arranged through the Recovery Manager to move the equipment to the Cold
Site, or to another protective area (such as a warehouse) until the Cold
Site is ready.
TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN MOVING THE EQUIPMENT TO AVOID DAMAGE.
If the equipment has been damaged, but can be repaired or refurbished,
the Cold Site may not be the best location for the equipment, especially
if there is water or fire damaged that needs to be repaired. Contractors
may recommend an alternate location where equipment can be dried out,
repainted, and repaired.
As soon as practical a complete inventory of all salvagable equipment must
be taken, along with estimates about when the equipment will be ready for
use (in the case that repairs or refurbishment is required). This
inventory list should be delivered to the Technical Coordinator and
Administrative Coordinator who will use it to determine which
items from the disaster
recovery hardware and supplies lists must be procured to begin building
the recovery systems.
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