Best way to back up all my iPhotos?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Airforce, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Hey folks,

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to back up all my iPhotos on my "soon to arrive" 120GB usb portable hard drive. I need this back up to be readable through Windows XP. What should the hard drive be formated as? How do I go about backing up the photos so that they are not archived in a file only iPhoto can read?

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  2. paulsalter macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    If you format the USB drive as FAT32 then this will be readable/writable by both OSX and Windows
    Then go into iPhoto, Select Photos under the Library, then do File, Export and export them to the USB drive, this will put the photos as individual files on the USB drive than can be read by Windows

    Hope That Helps
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    due to FAT32 limitations if you have more than 4 GB of photos you wont be able to backup all of them at once. youll have to go into the iPhoto library in Finder and back them in sections.
  4. emac82 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    NB, Canada
    This is incorrect. FAT32 has a limitation of 1 file being over 4GB. It has no problem transferring multiple files with a total size of 4GB or over..

    And since I can't see a pic being over 4GB, transfer away!
  5. Airforce thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Thanks y'all. Biggest a single picture would be is 12-15MB (raw format). Now to wait for the sucker to arrive :cool:

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