3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2011 5:40 PM by Dave B.
lucy_pup Level 1 (0 points)

I have 12,000 pictures on my iMac hard drive and need to back up them up.  What is the easiest way to do this?  Will they all fit on a single external hard drive? How do I find out how much space my pictures are taking up?  Thanks for any guidance!

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    I'd suggest backing-up your whole system, not just your pictures. 


    You might want to review the Time Machine Tutorial, and perhaps browse Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions. especially item #1.   If you don't  want to use Time Machine, see #27 there for some alternatives.

  • Dave B. Level 4 (2,075 points)

    One way to find out how much space your pix are taking up:


    Open iPhoto

    Choose Photos in the Library

    Do a Command-A to highlight all the photos (be very careful not to do anything that would delete them!)

    Click Info in the lower right corner

    The number of pics and movies with total GB will be displayed

  • Dave B. Level 4 (2,075 points)

    Another way to check total size taken on HDD for iPhoto pix that doesn't risk erasing them all if you goof after selecting all:


    In Lion

    Open Finder

    Choose Preferences in Finder menu

    Under Sidebar check Pictures in Favorites

    Close dialog box and go back to Finder

    Right-click newly visible Pictures icon in Favorites

    Select Info

    Total size is displayed in info window