8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2011 7:06 AM by Rainmaker1
Rainmaker1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Greetings. I have almost 25,000 images in my iPhoto '09 library stored on my LaCie hard drive.  Would appreciate any suggestions on the best method for backing up. Thanks for your help.

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.3), PC (business)
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,275 points)

    Simplest in my opinion ...


    Get a second harddrive dedicated to backing up your photos.  Use CarbonCopyClone to clone that drive -- 1 step backup.  Make the second drive 2x the size of what you use for photos, since you seen to actively use your photo library and will have many new entries addedd to the CarbonCopyClone backup.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (64,360 points)

    My personal choice for the Best way is to do it multiple times - I clone my entire system to an external drive daily using Carbon Copy Coner (SuperDuper is also a good choice) and also run Time Machine to give me a time based backujp - and occasionaly do a new off site backujp



  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,275 points)

    True about TM's time-based restore.  But the way I have CCC set up it has "time based folders" as well.


    It is the OP's choice ultimately based on experience using clone and TM tools.


    Just was pointing out that "backing up data" can be done with the same tool as "making a bootable startup-disk clone".

  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)



    Don't know about the Best... But this works for me and has for a number of years...


    One EXT Drive running Time Machine


    Another EXT Drive for Cloning (SuperDuper)


    A Third EXT Drive used for Manual BackUp


    And Once a Month... or Before any Major Updates or Upgrades... A Fourth Cloned EXT Drive...


    All Drives Formatted Mac OS Extended (journaled)



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (64,360 points)

    An Excellant backup system - probably the best I've seen


    Mine is close (1 & 2 exaclty) 3 and 4 done to a partition on the drive for 2 (does not protect against that drive failing but the odds are slim




  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)

    Thank you LN... I appreciate your comment...


    One can never have too many backups to keep, what is irreplaceable, safe...



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,115 points)

    Most Simple Back Up


    Drag the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to another Disk. This will make a copy on that disk.


    Slightly more complex:


    Use an app that will do incremental back ups. This is a very good way to work. The first time you run the back up the app will make a complete copy of the Library. Thereafter it will update the back up with the changes you have made. That makes subsequent back ups much faster. Many of these apps also have scheduling capabilities: So set it up and it will do the back up automatically. Examples of such apps: Chronosync or DejaVu . But are many others. Search on MacUpdate


    My own routine:


    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.

  • Rainmaker1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you all for the great advice! I appreciate your help and will now take a little time to think through the options presented.