What Toy Story Can Teach Us About Backing Up

Pixar, the animation company behind the Toy Story movies, obviously put a LOT of effort into making an incredible experience for the family (you can watch the rather cool ‘step by step’ story of how they do it on their site). Hours are spent into producing the concept art, which is then rendered in excrutating detail, frame-by-frame, to make the final movie.

Pixar being pixar, they decided to animate the story of how it happened:

Just imagine how they felt when the data for Toy Story 2 was completely wiped? Months, potentially years of work, all destroyed within what was probably a few mere minutes. No Buzz Lightyear to save the day on this one – the wireframes (the complicated models which tell the animation how objects would behave in real space) had been obliterated into infinity – and beyond.

Fortunately, somebody had got a copy of the data, so the animators were able to restore the data and carry on, much to the delights of small children (and their larger companions) all over the world.

If it can happen to Pixar – a multinational company worth millions – it can happen to anybody.  All that hard work building up your software, getting your clients information, keeping your accounts up to date.. your data is massively important to the working of your business, which is why it’s important to make sure you constantly keep a backup.

If you’re using a cloud-based solution, such as Salonlite, then you don’t need to worry about a thing – all your data is stored on a server which is maintained and backed up for you.

If you’re using a desktop solution, where you’re storing your own information, it’s always worth making sure that creating a quick backup of your system to a memory stick* is part of your regular routine .  While it’s unlikely to happen, having a backup can mean that rather than incurring a major panic, you can easily just transfer all of your important client information to another computer and carrying on working –  your clients won’t even realise anything has happened.

We’ve put together some quick tips on dealing with your backup.

Get the Habit

We all know that habits are hard to break, so get in the habit of making sure you perform a regular backup.

Keep it Safe

It sounds obvious, but make sure you know where your backup is, and preferably keep it off-premises.  That way, if there’s a problem stopping you getting into the building, you’ve still got your data.

Rotate your Data

Memory sticks are generally fairly cheap these days, so get hold of a couple and rotate their use (e.g. one stick for Monday / Wednesday / Friday, one for Tuesday / Thursday).  If one memory stick gets lost or fails, then you’ve always got the other backup ready.


*if you’ve got an IT department, always check with them first – you may find they’re already backing up your software for you, and might not take very kindly to you keeping data on a memory stick!