4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 4, 2016 10:42 AM by JimHess

    Back-up of Photos used in Lightroom

    robertm2730720

      What is the best way to back-up large numbers of old and more recent photos on an external hard drive? Export photos with embedded changes or copy original photos with backup copy of current catalogue settings or both? Thanks. RAM

        • 1. Re: Back-up of Photos used in Lightroom
          dj_paige Level 9

          Export is not a backup. You must make exact copies of the original photos, AND you must make a backup of the catalog file.

           

          Making a backup of the catalog file is done withing Lightroom, by going to Catalog Settings/General, and then selecting the proper backup frequency that makes the most sense for you.

           

          Making a backup of the original photos must be done outside of Lightroom, there are many third-party utilities that can do this (some of them are free).

           

          All backups (catalog file and photos) must be done on an automated and regular basis. Making backups manually is not good enough, you will forget or be too busy, it happens to all people!

           

          All backups (catalog file and photos) must be stored on a different physical disk than the originals. Note the word "must". It is not a backup if you store the newly created "backup" files on the same disk as the originals.

          • 3. Re: Back-up of Photos used in Lightroom
            robertm2730720 Level 1

            CLARIFICATION: Can one use iMac's "Time Machine" to back-up the photos. Thanks

            • 4. Re: Back-up of Photos used in Lightroom
              JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Your images are simply in folders on your computer. They are not somehow mysteriously ingested into the Lightroom program. You can use any backup method you want to backup your images. Just make sure that you do it. There is provision in the Lightroom program to backup the catalog because that is the only file that Lightroom creates and opens.