Four Ways to Backup iPhoto

iPhoto is the built-in photo manager that not only helps you organize and edit your photos, but also let you get more from these photos by making photo books, greeting cards and slideshows. From this point, iPhoto doesn't store digital photos. Instead, it saves your memories.

So losing years of pictures stored in iPhoto is definitely a disaster. Just imagine your baby's first smile and first step photo, your daughter's graduation photos, as well as the happiest moment with your family and friends - all gone. But wait a minute; why not backup iPhoto so as to make this never happen?

1. Backup iPhoto to CD/DVD

In fact, iPhoto comes with easy burning option to backup your iPhoto images to CD/DVD. Here is how:

1.Open iPhoto.

2.Select the photos you want to backup to CD / DVD. You can select the entire library, a single album or event, or just a few photos. Highlight the item you want to back-up by clicking it. You can select multiple events, albums, or photos by holding down the Shift key while you click. Note that the number of photos to backup to CD/DVD is restricted by the capacity of the CD or DVD disc. A CD can hold up to 700 MB of data; a DVD can hold up to 4.7 GB.

3.Go to Share -> Burn from the iPhoto menu, and follow instructions on screen. You need to insert CD/DVD disc and input disc name.

4.Click Burn to backup iPhoto to CD/DVD. When it is complete, store your finished disc in a safe place – keep dry and out of baby's touch.

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2. Use Time Machine

As Mac user, you may already know that every new Mac come with its own and powerful backup tool called Time Machine. It's an automatic backup program that a bootable copy of your hard drive at regular intervals.

Please notice that, if iPhoto is running, then the libraries will not backed up by Time Machine during the back up process. So you should quite iPhoto to ensure Time Machine backs up your libraries. You can also manually back up by quitting iPhoto, then choose Back Up Now from the Time Machine menu extra.

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3. Backup iPhoto to External Hard Drive

Another way to backup iPhoto is to use the external hard drive. What you need to backup iPhoto to external hard drive (HD) is only a reliable hard drive. Some of the reliable brands out there are Samsung, Toshiba, Seagate, and Western Digital. You can just follow easy steps below:

1. Shutdown iPhoto if it opens.

2. Connect your external hard drive to your Mac using firewire cable or USB cable. That's depend on your hard drive.

3. Your external hard drive should be recognized by Mac and mounted. If not, install the necessary driver or refer to the user manual.

4. Find your iPhoto library by going to Home (User Name) -> Pictures -> iPhoto Library, and drag-drop to the external hard drive window.

5. Rename the original iPhoto Library to iPhoto Library.old or something else.

6. Hold down the Option key and open iPhoto. You will be prompted to select what photo library to use. Select the iPhoto Library (on external hard drive).

7. iPhoto should load all your photos from external hard drive. Before you get iPhoto Library.old delete, double check your photos.

8. Delete the iPhoto Library.old to release space, or keep it for a few days just in case something is wrong.

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4. Backup iPhoto to Cloud Storage

Actually there is a new iPhoto backup method: backup iPhoto to Cloud Storage. Some of the industry leaders are Carbonite (Unlimited GB for $59.99/year), Backblaze (Unlimited GB for $50/year), and SugarSync (60 GB for $74.99/year). Some of the companies offer a nominal monthly fee service. Just choose which option is right for you.

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lanitawynnyoung
Which way of backing up your photos would you say is better? If I go the iphoto route, then i must have iphoto open to view the pics or get them back ... if I do it via the external hard drive (where I have saved the pictures nOT in an iphoto library, I don\'t need to use iphoto .. should my computer crash. Right???
judy
Which way of backing up your photos would you say is better? If I go the iphoto route, then i must have iphoto open to view the pics or get them back ... if I do it via the external hard drive (where I have saved the pictures nOT in an iphoto library, I don\'t need to use iphoto .. should my computer crash. Right???
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