6 Replies Latest reply: May 30, 2012 3:25 PM by Kirby Krieger
artistjoh Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

I cannot find in Aperture help any mention of backing up the referenced masters which seems odd that Apple would consider backing up managed photos on the internal Aperture Library while not considering the very common (and supported by Apple) method of working with referenced masters on external hard drives.

 

This is what I am doing: I am using super duper to clone the HDD with the referenced masters to another external drive. If the HDD with the referenced masters dies I just hope that I can somehow reconnect the masters on the other HDD.

 

Is there a better way to back up those referenced masters? Perhaps a method I am not aware of from within Aperture to make it easy to use or reconnect the back up images?

 

 

 

Aperture 3, MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard

  • 1. Re: The Best Method To Backup Referenced Masters?
    DiploStrat Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Scholars differ on this but here is what I do:

     

    First of all, I ignore, Aperture; that is, I back up EVERYTHING. Three times.

     

    -- First Backup: Time Machine - runs all the time.

     

    -- Second: SuperDuper! - backs up each of my disks every night, automatically.

     

    -- Last: CrashPlan - backs up everything over the Internet.

     

    Others do other things, depending on their particular needs. The only wrong answer is no backup at all.

     

    DiploStrat

  • 2. Re: The Best Method To Backup Referenced Masters?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    Your clone should be o.k. to recover yor referenced masters.

     

    I simply include the folder with my referenced masters in my regular Time Machine backup. You also can backup your master files on import: The Import Settings panel has a brick "Backup Location". Set "Backup To:" to your preferred backup folder and your referenced masters will be backed up on import. Since the master files are not supposed to be changed this initial backup should suffice.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 3. Re: The Best Method To Backup Referenced Masters?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,915 points)

    Time Machine on my personal machine and my personal Libraries.

    SuperDuper! sparse bundles for every drive every night.

    Once a week I copy all sparse bundles to off-site drives.

  • 4. Re: The Best Method To Backup Referenced Masters?
    artistjoh Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    @leonieDF

     

    Sometimes the answer is staring us right in the face all the time. I am of course familiar with the backup on import feature and had never thought of that because back up is a process I think of after everything is in place.

     

    It makes me wonder. Since Aperture places the backups and therefore "knows" the location, does it in the event of losing the originals, have a dialog box or other means for "finding" and reconnecting to the file backups?

     

     

     

    I am currently doing a daily SuperDuper smart clone plus I use the Western Digital smartware which is similar to Time Machine for the hourly back ups of data & media. I am a fanatic with keeping at least two but preferrably 3 copies of everything in at least two different formats.

  • 5. Re: The Best Method To Backup Referenced Masters?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    It makes me wonder. Since Aperture places the backups and therefore "knows" the location, does it in the event of losing the originals, have a dialog box or other means for "finding" and reconnecting to the file backups?

    afaik, no. Kirby, do you know differently?

     

    But there is of cause the "File > locate referenced files" window, that will allow you to reconnect the versions with their masters. But you will have to point Aperture to the location of the masters.

     

    I am a fanatic with keeping at least two but preferrably 3 copies of everything in at least two different formats.

    and preferably in two different places, see Kirby Krieger's post - "offsite location".

     

    And if you are very concerned about the safety of your images, you will create the first backup of your masters directly from the card - before the images enter any image editing software.

  • 6. Re: The Best Method To Backup Referenced Masters?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,915 points)

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    It makes me wonder. Since Aperture places the backups and therefore "knows" the location, does it in the event of losing the originals, have a dialog box or other means for "finding" and reconnecting to the file backups?

    afaik, no. Kirby, do you know differently?

    I do not.  :-)

     

    (Too busy for more -- but this one was easy, as we've reached the stump-end of my knowledge.  Growing a little limb here, though, I'd both say "No" and recommend that it do not: the Master must be a _file_ and not just a collection of data (it must have a location as well as content).  It would get impossibly confusing (literally) if the relationship between the record in the database and the Master became "either/or" rather than "is".  At least, that's how it seems to me -- but -- Paß auf! -- Ich bin kein Mathematiker.)