Recovery testing

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In software testing, recovery testing is the activity of testing how well an application is able to recover from crashes, hardware failures and other similar problems.

Recovery testing is the forced failure of the software in a variety of ways to verify that recovery is properly performed. Recovery testing should not be confused with reliability testing, which tries to discover the specific point at which failure occurs.Recovery testing is basically done in order to check how fast and better the application can recover against any type of crash or hardware failure etc. Type or extent of recovery is specified in the requirement specifications. It is basically testing how well a system recovers from crashes, hardware failures, or other catastrophic problems


Examples of recovery testing:

  1. While an application is running, suddenly restart the computer, and afterwards check the validness of the application's data integrity.
  2. While an application is receiving data from a network, unplug the connecting cable. After some time, plug the cable back in and analyze the application's ability to continue receiving data from the point at which the network connection disappeared.
  3. Restart the system while a browser has a definite number of sessions. Afterwards, check that the browser is able to recover all of them.

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