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Best app to backup my photos from iPhoto?

1324 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 21, 2011 10:53 PM by Terence Devlin RSS
Max Correia Calculating status...
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Nov 21, 2011 4:54 PM

Hello Community,


After a disk error which required me to reformat my HD, then a full Time Machine restore and then a reinstallation of Snow Leopard, I discovered that a few hundred photos were missing from iPhoto. I read many of the suggestions in the Communities and rebuilt the database, etc. but to no avail. For some reason Time Machine wasn't backing up those few rolls in iPhoto and so I have no backups to fall back on. 


I have spoken with Tier 1 and Tier 2 Apple Support techs on the phone and the basic conclusion is that there must've been something wrong with those files and so Time Machine skipped them - without an errors or notifications to me. Too bad, so sad for me. (Why our precious photos and not stupid spreadsheets or something?!)


Now having faced the wrath and scorn of my dear wife over these lost photos, I am looking for a secondary backup solution. I plan to continue using Time Machine but I need a plan B. I was archiving parts of my iPhoto Library manually to DVD, but it turns out that it's been 18 months since I did my last one (I swear I did one much more recently...) Suggestions? After having researched many different cloud backup options (Dropbox, Mozy Home, Backblaze, Carbonite, Picasa Web, iDrive and Sugar Sync) I am thinking about going with Backblaze. It seems very well reviewed.


Any suggestions or guidance? All greatly appreciated.

iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Nov 21, 2011 10:53 PM (in response to Max Correia)

    FWIW my back up plan:


    My Library lives on my iMac. It’s Backed up to  two external hard disks every day. These disks are permanently attached to the iMac. These back ups run automatically. One is done by Time Machine, one is a bootable back up done by SuperDuper


    It’s also backed up to a portable hard disk when ever new photos are added. This hard disk lives in my car. For security, this disk is password protected.


    I have a second off-site back up at a relative’s house across town. That’s updated every 3 or 4 months.


    My Photos are backed up online. There are many options: Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug etc. However, check the terms of your account carefully. While most sites have free uploading, you will often find that these uploads are limited in terms of the file size or the bandwidth you can use per month. For access that allows you to upload full size pics with no restrictions you may need to pay.


    Every couple of months I test the back ups to make sure they are working correctly. It’s very easy to mis-configure a back up application, and the only way to protect against that is to do a trial restore.


    I do not think that backing up your Library to an online source is practical. It can take weeks to upload and a very long time to restore if you have to, as the amount of data to be restored is enormous.







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