12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2013 10:14 AM by Old Toad
Zebra99 Level 1 (0 points)

My iPhoto library is held on an external hard drive due to its size. To back up the library I drag and drop a copy of the library to a portable external hard drive. This takes a long time as it seems to copy the whole library across and delete the library previously copied across as a backup.  Is there a way to incrementally back up the library so it just copies across the new data and not all of the old stuff.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,089 points)

    Sure use an incremental clone or backup program - Time machine for example - I use TM and Carbon Copy Cloner - others use TM and SuperDuper - others use other backup programs



  • Zebra99 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi LarryHN

    I do use Time Machine for all the data on my on my iMac but the iPhoto library isn't on the iMac.  So do you mean I would continue to use Time Machine as I am then use one of the other backup programmes for the data on my external hard drive?


  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,507 points)

    You can include the external HD in the TM as any external HD that is connected will be backed up automatically.  To exclude an EHD it must be added to the exclusinon list in the Time Machine preferences. 


    So if your EHD isn't being backed up add it to the exclusion list, close TM, open TM and remove it from the list.  The force a immediate backup and check your TM drive when the backup is compete.


    Here are the contents of my TM backup, my boot drive and 3 other drives, 1 internal and 2 external.Finder001.jpg



  • Zebra99 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks OT I hadn't realised about the exclusion list.

    However my TM backs up to the EHD and it won't let me back up what is on the EHD. It is greyed out in the exclusion list so I can't change it to be included.

    When I back up then go into TM again the EHD is greyed out.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,089 points)

    You must NOT have the iPhoto library (or any dymanic file) on the same volume as teh TM backup - the TM backup grows until it fills the volume and at that time iPhoto will stop working


    And of course if your iPhoto library is on the same volume as the backup then you have no backup against disk failure since both are on the same hardware and both fail at the same time


    You need another external drive for your iPhoto library



  • Zebra99 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks LHN I think Ive realised that I need to re-think how I back up altogether!

  • hudsonholly Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having a similiar problem. I have 2 EHD - one for Time Machine and one for iPhoto. They are both identical  WD "My Book Studio EHDs". The one containing my iPhoto library is grayed out in the TM exclusion list. I have quit iPhoto, quit TM, reopened TM and still cannot backup the EHD containing my pictures. I have looked on the web an in Apple support to no avail. I confirmed both EHDs are formatted for Mac. Any guidance is greatly apprecuated. Thank you

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    I confirmed both EHDs are formatted for Mac.


    What is the actual format.


    As this is a Time Machine question you might have more luck on the Time Machine forum - that's part of the 'Using Mac OS X' forum for your version of the OS.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,507 points)

    The reason it's grayed out is TM is using that one for its backups.  Check the drive to see if you see a file named Backjups.backjupdb on it.



    If you do then check the other EHD for a similar file. If there is one check to see which has the most recent and most backups.  You can change the drive to backup to in the Time Machine preference window - click on the Select Disk button.'


    Then move the iPhoto Library to the drive that isn't being used by TM and erase any library from the TM EHD.

  • hudsonholly Level 1 (0 points)

    The format is "Mac OS Extended (Tournaled)"

  • hudsonholly Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you - this worked - now I need to figure out how to change their label on the desk top!

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,507 points)

    Bring up the Info window for the drive (type Command + i), click on the icon in the window and try the Delete key.  It may remove the TM icon and restore the default one.