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Solved: Photo backup

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by Zojac, Aug 4, 2006.

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  1. Zojac

    Zojac Thread Starter

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    I have about 800 photos taken from my camera on my Mac Powerbook G4 on its iPhoto program as .jpgs What is the best way to back up those photos? Would getting an external hard drive be a good idea? Then, when I back them up either on discs or on this drive, how do I back them up and be assured I haven't lost any quality?
     
  2. macdudenj

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    simply backup photos to a cd or dvd. use session burning so you can burn more than one time if you get more photos.
     
  3. slipe

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    If you simply copy the original JPG files from your camera to an external hard drive, CD or DVD you should lose no quality at all. You might do a random spot check to make sure nothing is distorted or corrupted, but barring corruption they will be exactly the same file. Do NOT assume that because the thumbnails look OK the files are OK. Thumbnails are often in a separate file.

    You specifically used “backup”. That implies the images will also stay on the laptop. You can’t have a more simple or useable method than an external hard drive. And there probably isn’t a more reliable method assuming you unplug the drive when it isn’t being used to add or access data. Read up on unplugging the drive if you plan on doing it with the computer on – they aren’t hot swappable. With Windows you turn the drive off using the operating system before you unplug it. I’m not familiar with your OS.

    I am not familiar with iPhoto either. If it has a backup system that will keep track of backups that would be good. Or just locate the album folder and copy that to the external drive. From what I read there is only one album in iPhoto unless you use other utilities. That makes it pretty easy to just overwrite the full folder on a regular basis to your backup drive.

    If you plan on removing the images from the main hard drive you are “archiving”. According to how valuable your images are to you I wouldn’t think a single external drive would be sufficient. Hard drives can fail and it is expensive to get the data recovered. Multiple CDs or DVDs are probably a better solution if they are stored properly in separate places.
     
  4. Zojac

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    Thank you for your suggestions.
     
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