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BACK UPS

ramgarciacano56

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I HAVE NEVER BACKED UP MY CATALOG. HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS? CAN I BACK UP THE WHOLE THING AT ONE TIME? HOW? WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND STORING IT?
 
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Welcome to the forum. You can create a backup by going to the Edit menu and selecting Catalog Settings. At the bottom of the window are the backup settings. When you exit LR, the window will appear and you can create a backup. Here are more detailed instructions: How to back up catalogs in Lightroom Classic . Remember, this only backs up your catalog files. It does not back up your image files. These need to be backed up separately. I recommend no less than two backups at a minimum. You can buy a couple of external drives and use them. And since you are on a Mac, you can also use Time Machine.

Good luck,

--Ken
 
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Yes, the backup function backs up all the catalog file, but not previews (which can be created again in LR). So, once you create the backup, which resides in a folder named by the date and time, you will want to copy it to one of the external drives. You can do this manually, with sync software or with backup software like Time Machine. I would store one of the external drives offline, the other would ideally be stored off premises, like in an office or a friend's house. And, if you have cloud storage, you could put a copy there as well.

--Ken
 
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