Lightroom to iCloud backup

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  1. rajjejosefsson macrumors member

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    How do i make backup to the iCloud drive, should i have both the photo map and the Lightroom map or just one of them to my iCloud?
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    When you exit LR you get a Backup Catalog dialog box. In the middle of it you select the destination where you want the LR catalog backup to be written. Personally I put my Lr catalog backup on the same local drive that has my original raw images. It is of course backed up by Time Machine.

    I have no ideal what you mean with the terms "photo map" or "Lightroom map".
     
  3. rajjejosefsson thread starter macrumors member

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    I mean i want to make an extra second backup on my cloud storage, i have my backup at the local drive, and one on my external hard drive, and one on my time capsule, but those files will get lost if my home is going to burn. so want one on my cloud. should i just backup the backup folder or also the raw files?
     
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    You should be able to copy the main or backup catalog to iCloud or any other storage device. The same goes for the separate folders of raw or jpg images. Since I have TBs of raw images, copying would take days (daze) and have a significant cost. That is why I use multiple copies on HDDs.
     
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    When you use LR's catalog backup function, what kind of file is it generating exactly?

    It's not generating a complete copy of your library (including photos) so is it just a data file of the changes to those photos?
     
  6. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    The backup file is a copy of the live catalog file that ends in ,lrcat

    You seem to be mixing up catalogs and libraries. that uses referenced location of the master files. It does not offer the option of storing the library of master images inside the catalog database. So backing up the catalog has zero to do with backing up the master images that sit in folders in the file system.
     
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    Then what does the .ircat file hold? The data of your changes?
     
  8. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    And more. Long story, but go over to Adobe and take a look.

    The idea is that you have your referenced originals, which are backed up however you back up and/or archive such files.

    The Lr data, which includes adjustments, presets, publishing info, etc etc is in a database, which is backed up at intervals you decide on, in that a copy is made. But that itself must be backed up, and unlike the photos themselves it changes more often.

    People store both photos and Lr catalogs on Dropbox, and while iCloud is no Dropbox, I imagine you could copy both there. Whether that's efficient or cost effective, I can't say since I don't use it.
     
  9. Traverse macrumors 603

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    Thank you. I don't use iCloud Drive, but wanted to fully understand the LR backup process (I did read some material from Adobe) because I'm creating an off-site back up in OneDrive to compliment my local Time Machine backups.

    One fire and I could lose everything and I have 1TB of OneDrive space.
     

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