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Well, you don't want to do all of this great work in Aperture and then just have it at risk, leave it out there for some hard drive failure to take it all away from you. So, you want to have an archiving strategy. I'm going to talk a little bit about that, and then I'm going to show you one of the built-in tools that Aperture has for archiving your work. So, Aperture has this thing called the Vault, and it's right down here, clicking on this little icon here. We don't have Vaults set up yet, but we are going to remedy that very soon.
Basically, what the Vault is is incremental backup. In other words, you set it up the first time, and it captures all the metadata, your keywords, your captions. It captures your image edits. If you're running a managed library, close library, like we are here, then they will back up your Masters too. You back them up to a connected hard drive. So, you plug the hard drive into your computer, you run the Vault, and it backs up all of your work. That's terrific! But what if you're using the referenced file approach? Well, then you're responsible for your own Masters.
In other words, if these images were just pointers to the Master files that live on another hard drive, when you ran the Vault Aperture would back up all of your work and your metadata, but you would be responsible for your own backing up of your Masters. You could use Time Machine or some other strategy for that. So, the main thing to keep in mind is if you're running a managed library where everything is in the Aperture container, when we set up the Vault the Vault will back everything up. If you're doing reference files, Aperture will back everything up except for your Masters. Those you have to take care of yourself.
The last thing I will say about this is that I like to have the drives in two locations, just in case something physically happened. So, I would have a drive, let's say at home and a drive at work, and then either shuttle the drives, or if I'm using a laptop, shuttle the laptop, so that every now and then I'm backing up the Vaults in two different locations. That's just me, but it's something to think about. Either way, make sure you develop a backup strategy so that all this great work you do in Aperture is protected.
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