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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,805 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

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,805 points)

    Make that before you recommend this

     

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (131,475 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 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 Level 10 (131,475 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 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 Level 10 (131,475 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 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (131,475 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 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (131,475 points)

    ...later this year.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,805 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

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