3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 2, 2010 2:15 PM by Old Toad
doverchief Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How can I backup my photos onto dvds for safe keeping.

imac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (289,715 points)
    Click here and follow the instructions. If the library's too big to fit onto one DVD, control-click it, choose Show Package Contents, and burn parts of it to different DVDs. If you need to split it, when restoring, reassemble the library completely before trying to access it in iPhoto.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,580 points)
    Rather than opening the Library package it's somewhat safer to simply burn batches of Events.


  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,545 points)
    The best method is to backup the library to an external hard drive frequently with a backup application that can do incremental backups like Synk Standard. After the first backup it only takes about a minute or less to make the incremental backups.

    Next would be to do as Niel suggested. If the library is too large for one DVD disk, rather than burning the library parts piecemeal burn groups of Events (about 4GB worth) to disk using the Share->Burn menu option in iPhoto. This creates a mini library containing the original and modified versions of the photos in the Events you've selected along with the keywords, titles, places, etc. The photos can be copied back into a library by mounting the disk while iPhoto is running. It will show up in iPhoto on the left.

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    There you can select the photo, event or album you want and drag to the Events icon above to import.

    As you add more Events as time passes all you need to do is select the newest Events and burn those.