6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2013 11:08 AM by Kirby Krieger
Poiks Level 1 Level 1
expertise.macosx
Mac OS X

I'm using Time Machine for my regular backups, so I assume my Aperture library is being backed up. I also backup to a vault periodically.

 

Since my Time Machine and Vault are both on-site, I'd like to make sure that my Aperture Library is also backed up off-site. I use an online backup utility--what file(s) do I need to ensure are backed up in order to protect my library?

 

Thanks.


iMac Intel, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Reply by Thomas Emmerich on Feb 5, 2013 8:43 AM Helpful

Another option is multiple Time Machine backups on separate external drives. You can rotate the drives offsite periodically. Or you could buy a fire-proof safe and rotate the backups between the safe and your Mac. Here's a Macworld article on keeping multiple Time Machine backups.

 

But the online backup is obviously more convenient and more likely to be up to date.

Reply by Kirby Krieger on Feb 5, 2013 11:08 AM Helpful

Oddly enough ...

Thomas Emmerich wrote:

 

Another option is multiple Time Machine backups on separate external drives. You can rotate the drives offsite periodically. Or you could buy a fire-proof safe and rotate the backups between the safe and your Mac.

this review of a fire-proof hard drive just came across my desk.

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  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    what file(s) do I need to ensure are backed up in order to protect my library?

    You need a backup of the complete Aperture library package "Aperture Library. aplibrary", also of any original images that are referenced.

     

    Have you checked, if your online backup utility works well with MacOS X and can restore aliases and links correctly? For example, putting an Aperture library into a dropbox folder and syncing it there will break it for sure.

    I'd try to create a small test library, back it up, also backup increamental changes, and try to restore from the backup. Does it work well?

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6

    If you cannot confirm that the on-line back-up works reliably, you can always just make a second vault on a second portable drive, and keep one of the two off-site at all times (never have your three copies of your Library* in the same location).

     

    Slightly less secure, but still very good, is to use Time Machine as your first back-up, and your Vault as your second.  Except when up-dating your Vault, store it off-site.

     

    *working copy, Vault1 on Drive1, Vault2 on Drive2.

  • Thomas Emmerich Level 4 Level 4

    Another option is multiple Time Machine backups on separate external drives. You can rotate the drives offsite periodically. Or you could buy a fire-proof safe and rotate the backups between the safe and your Mac. Here's a Macworld article on keeping multiple Time Machine backups.

     

    But the online backup is obviously more convenient and more likely to be up to date.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    Poiks wrote:

     

    I'm using Time Machine for my regular backups, so I assume my Aperture library is being backed up.

    Never ever assume anything when it comes to backups. The time to discover your assumptions are wrong is not when you actually need the backup.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6

    What Frank says bears repeating, with emphasis added:

    Frank Caggiano wrote:

     

    Never ever assume anything when it comes to backups. The time to discover your assumptions are wrong is not when you actually need the backup.

     

    (though I know most who read this have already learned that lesson  ).

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6

    Oddly enough ...

    Thomas Emmerich wrote:

     

    Another option is multiple Time Machine backups on separate external drives. You can rotate the drives offsite periodically. Or you could buy a fire-proof safe and rotate the backups between the safe and your Mac.

    this review of a fire-proof hard drive just came across my desk.