It's March 31st again... it's World Backup Day! But as far as Lightroom's concerned, what do you need to back up? Here's our definitive guide for Lightroom Classic. We also mention Lightroom Desktop (Cloud) and a suggestion on backing up. The details … Click to continue
How often should I back up my catalog, and how long should I keep backups for?
We're frequently reminded of the importance of backing up our catalog(s). But how often should you back up, and then how long should you keep the backups for? Here's a few tips to help make your decision. How often should I back up my … Click to continue
My hard drive died! How do I restore Lightroom from my backups?
Need to restore your Lightroom catalog and photos from a backup, perhaps because your hard drive has died? Here's how to do it... Restoring a Catalog If your normal backup includes a current copy of your working catalog, you can simply … Click to continue
Where should I put my backups?
Where should you put your backups? Let's talk about the catalog that holds all your photo edits. By default, the catalogs are backed up in a 'backups' subfolder alongside the original catalog. But is that the best place for them? If you don't … Click to continue
Why should I let Lightroom run its own backups?
Have you ever wondered why would you want to let Lightroom back up its catalog, especially if you already have a perfectly good backup system? All of your edits are stored in the catalog, so keeping it safe is essential. There are four main things … Click to continue
Top Lightroom Questions
Have you been tripped up by one of our top support questions? Here’s the solutions and some tips to avoid them becoming a disaster! We thought we’d review some of the most common issues people report or ask for assistance on. We won’t just tell … Click to continue
Disaster strikes – a corrupted catalog!
"The Lightroom catalog is corrupt and cannot be repaired." Words that strike fear into Lightroom users worldwide. Catalog corruption is very rare, but if you're the unsuspecting victim, that's no consolation. But don't worry, it's very easy to … Click to continue
Which Lightroom files do I need to back up?
Whether you're backing up Lightroom ready to move to a new computer, upgrade your operating system, or you're just double checking your main backups, you'll need to know which Lightroom files to include in your backups. There's a fair number of … Click to continue
How do I restore some of the photos from my backup catalog?
Last week, we discussed the options for fixing mistakes using Undo, History and restoring an entire backup catalog. But what if you only want to restore part of the backup catalog? Perhaps you accidentally synchronized Develop settings across a … Click to continue
Catalog corruption – how does it happen and can it be prevented?
Phil Burton asked an excellent question on the forum today. He noted that there are numerous catalog corruption threads, and asked "what tends to cause catalog corruption?" and "how can we prevent or minimize this corruption?" Phil's right, there … Click to continue
How do I restore from backups?
If you’re having to do a complete restore, perhaps because your hard drive has died or you’re reinstalling the operating system, then ideally you’ve got a solid backup system, and you can simply put the catalog, photos, and other files back exactly … Click to continue
2014? Already? Time to check your backups & copyright
Here we are in 2014, and the year's rushing away already. Laura Shoe has written an excellent post on how to update your Metadata presets for your 2014 copyright.* Did you remember to update yours? If not, you can update the metadata on photos … Click to continue
A sad tale of hard drive disasters and Lightroom backups
Last night I received a sad email. It was from a young woman whose external backup hard drive had died some time ago, and she hadn't yet found time to replace it. Unfortunately now her main working drive, which held her only remaining copy of her … Click to continue
Does Lightroom’s backup back up my photos?
NO! Lightroom's backup just backs up the catalog, and it doesn't contain your photos - only references to where to find them and the data about them. You need to back your photos up separately. Every time I hear someone say 'I deleted the photos … Click to continue
How do I restore a Lightroom backup?
There's an updated version of this post at https://www.lightroomqueen.com/disaster-strikes-corrupted-catalog/ As we said in the last post, Lightroom’s integral backup simply takes a copy of your catalog and places it in dated subfolder, so … Click to continue