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How do I backup all my pictures stored in iPhoto to iCloud?

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How do I backup all my pictures stored in iPhoto to iCloud?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)

    Photostream is not for backing up photos. It is for putting them to your other devices. They are deleted from iCloud after 30 days.

    And only the most recent 1000 photos are there.

  • venege Calculating status...

    But what if I want icloud to work like every other cloud service and back-up all of my pictures in case my local information is lost?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)

    "But what if I want icloud to work like every other cloud service and back-up all of my pictures in case my local information is lost?"


    I guess you could continue to want that but that's not how it works.

  • Shadark Calculating status...

    Its only temporary, If you want it to be permanent, then youd have to constantly reput the photos in there.


    If you want backup, then have a flash drive, or hard drive to store photos on, you can probably find a app that can transfer pictures from your phone to a safe place on your PC.



    To Chris:

    Ive been watching you post Chris, you seem to be pretty helpful, but sarcasim isnt always the best medicine. Try not to be so high and mighty all the time. You make other people feel bad about themselves. I hope that doesnt make you feel better.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)

    It was't sarcastic at all.

    I answered his question. He wants/expects it to do something that it does not and is not intended to do.


    I could have simply ignored what he asked but what would that do? He already has the answer but seems he was not satsified. Not much I (or anyone else) can do about that.

  • 99mdtaylor99 Calculating status...

    Can you go further on the question of: If not iCloud, what are the best options for creating a routine backup of photos stored on iPhoto on a Mac? I ask because I am concerned if my Mac is stolen or otherwise disabled, how can I recover my extensive trove of family photos?



  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)

    Simplest way is to get an external drive and turn on Time Machine.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)

    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.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)

    Just a note: If you're using Time Machine to back up iPhoto be sure to quit iPhoto every now and then. BAcking up an open library can fail.






  • 99mdtaylor99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Terence and Chris. Very helpful, and good to have a consistent answer. Obviously my next step is to get an external hard drive.

  • Wiviovdal Calculating status...

    Some one explained that you could publish a diary on the icloud. I have not tryed this yet. I here you could store all you iphotos. If you then expand the icloud account to store all you iphotos you would have permanent backup

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)

    No, that would not be a back up as the photos would miss masses of the metadata, and be optimised and resized for the journal.






  • txmom2jami Calculating status...

    I have a 250 GB iMac I bought in December 2006.  Initially, I used iPhoto to make minor edits to my photos, but I recently decided to use Picasa because of the many additional editing tools available.  I have approximately 80 GB of photos, 25 GB of music, and 22 GB of movies on my machine and I back up to an external hard drive using Time Machine.


    Things are running really slowly now and I think if I could get some of my photos off the actual machine, it would help greatly.  But I still have work to do on some of these photos.  Is it possible to import photos to an external hard drive and only pull them up in Picasa when I want to work on them, so they aren't parked on my Mac, taking up valuable space?


    Let me add that I want to upgrade to Lion, but got a message that there's not enough room to do so.  When I pull up Finder, it tells me I have between 57 and 60 GB of space available. 


    I'm not a computer geek, nerd, or Mac genius -- advice is greatly appreciated, but please keep it simple for the less knowledgeable of us.  Thanks so much for your input.


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