Backing up and organizing photos on EXTERNAL hard drive

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by edavt04, May 13, 2016.

  1. edavt04 macrumors member

    May 12, 2016
    Hey guys!

    I run my time machine once a month to back up my data. And I have Google Photos Backup in the cloud.
    At the end of each year I also export my iPhoto (yes, I have an old Mac)into external hard drive. However I noticed that once I transfer my iPhoto library onto the external hard drive, I can NOT change the names of folders, etc, it's like iPhoto on external drive is locked. I can't transfer pics from that external hard drive to a PC, either.

    I had another idea for this: at the end of each year (I have folders in iPhoto organized chronologically, month by month using "smart folder" tool) drag each month onto the desktop and then from there on external hard drive. This way I will have neatly organized yearly/monthly folders that can be accessed and transferred with ease. Good idea?

    How do you back up/organize your external hard drive?
  2. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2014
    I don't. My backups are mirror images of what's on my Mac. Not sure why you would want different other than you're not satisfied with what's on your Mac. In which case, edit/change there.

    I'm assuming you're using a managed library. Just back up the library.

    You might try Get Info>ignore permissions on this drive and see if some of your issues go away. If that's the cas you have a permissions problem.

    I would also consider more frequent backups.
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Every time I exit Lightroom it does a backup of the catalog on the internal SSD. The library of documents, music, videos, and photos all sit on an external RAID 0 set. Time Machine backs up the entire file system.

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