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Best Way to Backup iPhoto Library?

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Joe Raymond Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Apr 23, 2007 9:07 AM
Other than exporting all of the photos is there a best way to back up an entire library so that the albums and such all coem with it? Is it as simple as just copying the iPhoto Library folder from my pictures folder?
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  • PhillyPhan Level 5 Level 5 (5,440 points)
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    Apr 23, 2007 9:15 AM (in response to Joe Raymond)
    Is it as simple as just copying the iPhoto Library folder from my pictures folder?<<<</div>

    That's absolutely the best way. Don't open up that folder and tamper with the contents. Instead, simply copy the entire folder as an entity.
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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,145 points)
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    Apr 23, 2007 12:16 PM (in response to Joe Raymond)

    As PhillyPhan indicated copying the entire iPhoto Library folder intact is the best way. Do you have an external HD where you're copying to? After the first backup copy, use a backup application (I use Synk) to backup the additions and changes to the library each day. It only takes a few seconds and you'll have a current copy at all times. Also check out the tip at the end of my signature. One of the most frequent problems is damage to iPhoto's Library6.iPhoto database file.
    Do you Twango?

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've written an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.
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