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Backing Up images, NOT catalog

fingersitchy

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Sorry to flog the old backup issue, but every time I quit the program, I seem to be backing up the catalogue file and not my actual images. The question is how do I backup my images? Thanks in advance for your help with this...
 
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Welcome to the forum.
Lightroom does not do backups. What is called a backup on close is a "safety" copy of the catalog file. There are some external processes that can render the catalog unusable as a data base file. This LR process is simply to insure against that possibility by making a snapshot copy to be used is a fall back position is necessary. You should be relying upon a system backup app like TimeMachine to protect all of your critical user data from disk failure and "stupid user mistakes" An app like Time Machine provides version control so that you can recover damages files from any point in time. Because app like TimeMachine run while the LR catalog file (database) is open and in an unstable state, it is wise to exclude the master catalog file from the system backup and instead make sure that your system backup app backs up the backup catalog files instead.
 
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Sorry to flog the old backup issue, but every time I quit the program, I seem to be backing up the catalogue file and not my actual images. The question is how do I backup my images? Thanks in advance for your help with this...
If they are on your internal disk, a Time Machine backup will do. If they are on a separate external disk, you could add that disk to Time Machine but that requires a large backup disk (one that can hold the backup of the internal disk and the external disk). Time Machine cannot split the backups over multiple disks to avoid this. For this reason, many photographers use a separate backup utility to backup external disks, such as SuperDuper, Carbon Copy Cloner, Synchronize Pro, or something like that.
 

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You should also note that the default location for the catalog "backups" is the same drive/folder as your working catalog. This is useless in the event of a hard drive failure so you should change the backup location. Do this by selecting Edit > Catalog Settings > General and on the Backup drop-down menu select "When Lightroom next exits".

Exit Lightroom and the backup dialogue will be displayed. It will show the current backup location and you can choose a new one on a different drive.
 
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