How to make a copy / backup iCloud photos?

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

  1. Zerna macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2016
    - 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,

  2. redpandadev macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    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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