Ouch! Reverting to an older backup

My long-suffering hard drive finally died yesterday, and I was forced to revert to a backup dating back six months. There was very little activity during that time due to weather, and the most significant event was personal rather than astronomical, in that I was caught up in a layoff round and I decided to retire. Timing was an issue, though, and funds are tighter than I would prefer (but then, funds are always tighter than I would prefer).

I’ve been keeping the server back at an earlier OS release in order to keep some legacy software running, but that has meant that I did not avail myself of the backup features built into the later versions of the OS. I’m rethinking that decision in light of the fact that I was unable to recover using the manual backups taken about a month ago. The automated setup would have been more recent and I think more reliable.

ADDED LATER: Everything from November 2008 to August 2009 is irretrievably gone, including notes and images of the local tornado damage. A nightly backup is now running, but at some point I need to test it. Sigh. I thought I was done with Disaster Recovery Exercises when I joined the leisure classes.