Same file name when backing up photos. what to do?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by tako, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. tako macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I always import my photos into iPhoto then export and save on hard drive. But today I just realized that the new photos that i've exported have the same file name (IMG_1078) as another old photo that i might have deleted on my phone. I had no idea about this before and probably have overwrote many photos. shiiiiiiiiiit ****kkkkk what to do?!?! How can I back up all my photos incrementally in the same folder on my hard drive and don't have to worry about them overwriting each other due to same names?????
     
  2. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    in windows, you can rename all the files in a folder by hitting select all. it will rename them in consecutive numerical order. thats what i did when i backed my photos up to avoid this issue.

    for a mac computer, im not sure. im using an imac now and wanna know how this will work going forward myself.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Are these photos in different "events" in iPhoto? If they are use the iPhoto export menu option then select organize by folders per event. Then when you export you will get the photos in folders and the ones with the same name won't get touched since they will stay in different folders.
     
  4. tako thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But i kinda just want to put all the photos from a year into one folder.. kinda like a collection. :( and when I import from my phone into iPhoto they all go into one album..

    sigh so worried might have accidentally overwrote so many photos already :(:(

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    But i kinda just want to put all the photos from a year into one folder.. kinda like a collection. and when I import from my phone into iPhoto they all go into one album..

    sigh so worried might have accidentally overwrote so many photos already
     
  5. Intelligent macrumors 6502a

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    It works with automator.
     

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