7 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 11:08 PM by Terence Devlin
hotkiwi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

I have around 18000 photo's of years and years on my family life in IPhoto.

I have it backed up with Time Machine, but in order to be rather safe than sorry if there is a fire or the house is burgled, I want to backup online as well, so bought a 150 GB package, thinking that would be plenty for 18'000 photo's, most of them from the old days of only 300 kB each.

 

My Iphoto library however is 154 GB large !!!!!

 

How does this happen ? I can not explain t with the number of photo's in there.

 

Is there a way to back the photos up in another way than just backing up the IPhoto library ?

 

Thanks


iMAC, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • 1. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    If those older files are only 300k then they are little more than thumbnails.

     

    Unless you have a very broad broadband connection I don't think the  iPhoto Library is suitable fr online back up. The amounts of data being transferred is just to large. We have seen people on here complaining about restroing taking several days just because the amounts of data are so large.

     

    Further, as most such services are sitting on disks formatted for other systems, problems can arise restoring the library as the service doesn't understand the structure of the  iPhoto Library.

     

    As to how you get that amount of data:

     

    The iPhoto Library consists of various thumbnail, original and edited versions of the photos, database files and caches. All are required for iPhoto to work. The specifics depend on whar version of iPhoto you actually use.

     

    You are very wise to consider off-site back up. FWIW here's what I do:

     

    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.

  • 2. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    hotkiwi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much. this is an excellent answer. Do you see any use for little programs that seem to be around to cut all the slack out of the IPhoto library ?

  • 3. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    The iPhoto Library consists of various thumbnail, original and edited versions of the photos, database files and caches. All are required for iPhoto to work.

     

    What slack is that?

  • 4. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    hotkiwi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have problems understanding that 18'000 photos take up 154 GB of space....... i conclude that there must be a lot of slack.

  • 5. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    The iPhoto Library consists of various thumbnail, original and edited versions of the photos, database files and caches. All are required for iPhoto to work. The specifics depend on whar version of iPhoto you actually use.

     

    What part of these do you consider slack?

     

    Do you want to keep using iPhoto? If so, then none of these are slack.

     

    If you don't want to use iPhoto, just choose what you want, export from iPhoto and delete the Library.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 6. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    pclark1987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok.  I just figured out a good way to back up EVERYTHING...however, it will DEFINITELY take time; but it uses Apple's iCloud without them realizing it (SHH!! don't tell).  Send yourself (if you have 2 iDevices) all your videos and photos via Messages app.  Don't delete the conversation EVER and you'll have everything backed up on a cloud   Awesome!

  • 7. Re: online backup IPhoto problems
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    That's not a good way to back up anything.