iPhoto Back up

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by tl01, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Can one use iCloud to back up photos in iPhoto that were not part of Photo Stream? Can I purchase the space for this? I'd like to back up my photos from my computer.
  2. tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Anyone know?
  3. Playgear macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    You could drag the photos you want into Photostream via iPhoto, but the Photostream will hold only the most recent 1,000 photos and they will only be in iCloud for 30 days. They will be cached on your devices (again, only the most recent 1,000).
  4. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    Short answer is no, Photo Stream is not a back up, it is a short term storage and sharing venue for a subset of your most recent photos. I use DropBox and a utility I found that pulls my photos and metadata out of the masters from iPhoto and drops them into the same folder structure in the DropBox photo gallery, works great. So after I import photos either from my camera or Photo Stream into iPhoto, I run this utility and push copies of the actual photo files into DropBox. This lets me have several things over just backing up the iPhoto library, it lets me share photos over the web like the old MobileMe gallery and gives me an actual back up of the actual picture file for using how ever I want in any application I want.

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