How to make a copy / backup iCloud photos?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zerna, Jul 5, 2016.

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  1. Zerna macrumors newbie

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    Feb 13, 2016
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    - I have 20,000 photos stored in iCloud

    - I want to copy/backup ALL photos to my external 2T hard drive & store in a separate folder for safe keeping.



    How can I accomplish this?



    thank you,

    Zerna.
     
  2. redpandadev macrumors member

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    Jun 3, 2014
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    The most obvious thing that comes to mind is to choose the "Download Originals to this Mac" option in Photos -> Preferences -> iCloud. Once all of the photos have downloaded, either a) Copy the entire Photos Library File to the external drive or b) Use Time Machine to perform a total backup of your system.
     

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