The importance of backup

I recently read a great article over on The Next Web: How Pixar’s Toy Story 2 was deleted twice, once by technology and again for its own good.

“That’s when we first noticed it, with Woody.”

“[Larry Cutler] was in that directory and happened to be talking about installing a fix to Woody or Woody’s hat. He looked at the directory and it had like 40 files, and he looked again and it had four files.”

“Then we saw sequences start to vanish as well and we were like, “Oh my god”

“I grabbed the phone…unplug the machine!”

Honestly I’m stunned. Even though this was way back in 1998 when technologies weren’t quite so advanced, it still amazes me that something with such a huge budget behind it didn’t have a quadruple backup system in place.

Check out the full article.

Just remember: “If your data isn’t in two (or three) places, it does not exist“. It can disappear just like that, in an instant. Don’t take the chance. Backup backup backup!

A short animation of the Toy Story 2 disaster