Data Loss Dooms Blog Hosting Service

The blog hosting service Journalspace is shutting down after all its user data was lost. Rather than backing up its data at another location, Journalspace mirrored the data on a separate drive on the same server. When the data on both drives went missing, the service apparently had no backups it could use to restore the data.

“There was no hardware failure,” reads the notice to users. “Both drives are operating fine. The data was simply gone. Overwritten. … Clearly, we failed to take the steps to prevent this from happening. And for that we are very sorry. So, after nearly six years, journalspace is no more.”

The site had a rank of 106,000 on Alexa, suggesting some meaningful traffic. Obviously, a cautionary tale about back and recovery practices. See Slashdot for more discussion.

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  1. Greg


  2. It seems to have been very short-sighted of JournalSpace to have not done any backing-up of data other than on their server. It's a shame that they lost all of their user data, especially for those that relied on them for blogging.

  3. viz

    If the data backup is always connected to a wire, in any way shape or form, it's not a data backup. That's common knowledge to any IT professional that's been in the business for longer than a year.