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  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,872 points)

    Gripe fire you recommend this solution you must test it. Experience say that it will be far too slow to be useful and that an iPhoto library restored from google drive will be corrupted. I strongly recommend that you only consider this as a third level back after you have at least two local backups on local hard drives

     

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  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,872 points)

    Make that before you recommend this

     

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    The problem with the Maclife Article is that it's just plain wrong. The issues with Drive and Dropbox are the same - neither stores the online version of the Library on a correctly formatted disk...

     

    Remember the iPhoto Library is not just a file but an ecosystem of interlinked files, databases, metadata and images. Unless the back up facility is specifically geared to the requirements of that ecosystem you will have issues. It's not just iPhoto - apps like Aperture, Lightroom,  DevonThink etc are equally complex and have special requirements.

  • pqdp Level 1 (0 points)

    My experience has been that its perfectly possible to backup and restore a large iPhoto library to/from a cloud service.

     

    I used Dropbox to sync my ~75GB iPhoto library while on the road for 6 months. It was the only real way I could continually be assured of having an offsite copy of all my travel photos. Each time I added new photos to iPhoto, dropbox started syncing dutifully. I could even tell when any newly added photo had been uploaded by selecting "Reveal in Finder.." and seeing if the file had the green tick mark next to it.

     

    I recently had my laptop stolen, along with my local iPhoto backup. After buying a new laptop, I downloaded the iPhoto library backup from dropbox, and iPhoto was able to open it without problems.

     

    Since the price of GDrive have dropped, and my library size has increased, I have ceased my Dropbox Pro subscription and started a 1 TB GDrive account. It will probably take most of the month to upload my 200GB library, but I am hoping this will work just as well as it did with dropbox.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    I'm glad you've had a good experience however it should be noted that that experience is far from universal and the chances of an issue arisng are very high, as reflected in the large number of posts we've had on here about this very issue.

  • mwisan Level 1 (0 points)

    Dropbox works, but Apple has a better solution:

     

    I have been using dropbox to sync iPhoto library between about 4 Macs. It has been working for the past 1.5 years without too many problems.

    Currently the iPhoto library is larger than 107GB.

    This solution has been working, however it does update the file slowly, sometimes very slowly. It is a fix, but I don't think it is a good or permanent fix.

     

    However, at the recent Mac Conference (WWCD) seems like Apple has come up with a better fix. The new Photo's App (which will replace iPhoto in Fall 2014), will sync all your photos. Apple said that "Every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud" [1].

     

    For more information see Apple article below.

     

    Source (see below article):
    [1] http://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/photos/

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)
    I have been using dropbox to sync iPhoto library between about 4 Macs. It has been working for the past 1.5 years without too many problems.

     

    Again, you have been very fortunate (though you don't specify what "too many problems" means).

     

    We have many reports on here from folks whose libraries have been corrupted from storing them on Dropbox, Google Drive etc etc etc

  • saymay Level 1 (0 points)

    Has anyone tried the new icloud beta version on the iphoto backup?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    You can't access that from iPhoto on your Mac, only on your iOS devices. The new Photos.app, the successor to iPhoto and Aperture, will leverage this service. That's due later this year.

  • saymay Level 1 (0 points)

    good to know, do you know when its due out?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    ...later this year.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,872 points)
    You can't access that from iPhoto on your Mac, only on your iOS devices. The new Photos.app, the successor to iPhoto and Aperture, will leverage this service. That's due later this year.

    LN

  • sgrmazz Level 1 (0 points)

    HI, I am after some advice please.

    I have around 18,000 photos/videos in iPhoto and have recently joined Picturelife to get a copy of them in a 'cloud' service.  There are approximately 1000 missing though (ie. they didn't upload, although Picturelife is not showing any failed uploads) and I am in discussion with Picturelife about these.

    Anywhoo, today I am going to move my iPhoto library to an external drive (I also have another drive that does a back up of my whole laptop).  I see that there is a new app 'Photos' out now and I am not sure whether I should download this to the laptop and start using this and also somehow move my iPhoto items to this new app? Is it wise to let my current photos /videos and any furture ones upload to the photos app on my phone and not worry about uploading them to iPhoto, or should I upload them so I can then also save them to the external drive with the rest of the iPhoto library?

    As you can see I am a little confused about the easiest place to store all the photos/videos and also have back ups of them that are easily updated each time I take new photos/videos.

    thanks in advance!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    You cannot "download" Photos, you need to upgrade your OS to a version that runs it - OS X 10.10. 3 or later.

     

    There is a simple migration path from iPhoto to Photos.

     

    Always have a good up-to-date backup before upgrading anything.

     

    It seems unwise to me to have all your photos on a phone, whose capacity cannot be expanded, and which is easily lost.

  • sgrmazz Level 1 (0 points)

    ok thank you. I have to move my iPhoto library to an external disk to do the upgrade as I don't have anymore room on my laptop. Is it easy then to still have the iPhoto library move to the new Photo app?

    The photos on my phone are there only because I didn't have enough space on the laptop to upload them to the iPhoto library. I want to move them off my phone ASAP also.

     

    thanks again