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Which folders to backup from Aperture 3 Library using online backup

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    I have an online backup solution (carbonite) and I was wondering which folders in the Aperture 3 library would be recommended for an online backup.  I assume the Masters folder holds all of my photos in a managed setup.  I also assume the Previews and Thumbnails folders although can be easily regenerated if lost, don't change regularly once created (so if I have unlimited space, might as well, but if I don't I would need to).


    is iLifeShared and iPod Photo Cache similar to Previews and Thumbnails, in that they are just rebuilt from the Masters?


    What about Masks, Attachments, and which folders in Database should be backed up?  How hard is it to restore these files like the Face Database, etc...?



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)

    It would be tricky to restore the Aperture Library from bits and pieces on a remote backup since thes files reference each other. The best (compressed) backup of an Aperture library that lets you restore the library in working condition is a vault. For a reliable backup I would create a vault on a local volume and backup the masters as the most important part of your Aperture Library on your online backup storage.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)

    One more remark: If you browse this forum, you will find the advice to have at least three backups of your Aperture library, if you value your images, and one backup should be in a different location than the ohers. That is also my strategy - one of my backups is the regular time machine backup, one is a clone of my system, and one is online, one is a vault containing the images that are most important to me.

  • Scott Rullmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not sure about Carbonite (I use BackBlaze). Based on your question I assume you are using a managed library and not reference library. Now first I agree with leonieDF that backing up part and restoring parts of a package is not a great idea. I personally backup the entire Aperture Library file. Being a package, my backup service does a great job of only backing up the pieces that have changed, not the entire package (library) for every change.


    This is what I do...

    1. Clone my entire drive one a month to another drive.
    2. Have an Aperture Vault on an extrenal drive (update daily).
    3. Have an Aperture Vault on a second external drive (update weekly).
    4. Have my entire Aperture Library file backup up to the cloud.


    This way I am covered for most every problem possible.


    Hope this helps,



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