How to create back up for Photos or iPhoto Library

One of the most important data that you store on your computer is photos and video clips of your near and dear ones. What you don’t want is these items to get deleted or remove them unintentionally. It can be possible that your system files get corrupted and you may need to format your Mac, but by doing so means that you may lose all your data, and all your memories may leave you forever.

But you don’t need to worry about any such occurrence if you have a backup file for your pictures. What you need to keep in mind is to keep a backup of your essential data on a regular basis. If you have recently transferred your photos from iPhoto app, you may require keeping multiple backup files for the complete security of your photos as you don’t want to lose on those precious memories.

Using Time Machine Application

If you work on Apple’s Time Machine’s application, you may not need to worry as your data saved in Photos and the iPhotos application will be directly backed up while every regular Time Machine backup performed directly by it.

Although backing up your data by using Time Machine is quite a secure feature, but still, you may consider creating some additional backup for absolutely assuring the safety of your data. Your backed up data is not unsecure in Time Machine, but still, it has a default feature of removing very old data to create space for more files which makes your archived files quite vulnerable.

It just provides an anchor for you to ascertain your current system situation, as if your system malfunctions or you have to format it you can still resolve to the present condition of your system. However, it becomes a significant concern for the user if he desires to keep those files for an extended period.

Backing up photos manually

On your Mac, you can also backup your image library utilized by iPhoto or Photo on to a pen drive or an external drive, or you can also preferably use a backup app to execute it for you. You can refer to steps given below for creating a backup manually.

  1. Launch the “Pictures” folder from the sidebar.
  2. Spot the “Photos library or iPhoto library” in the pictures folder. Now copy the library and paste it on the external hard drive or your pen drive.
  3. Follow the same steps every time you upload new photos to your library and always remember to name them separately to distinguish them from your previous archived file.

You can ensure your photos and memories by making additional backup files by following these steps and getting rid of any potential risk of losing them.

Stephen Strange is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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