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As we look at our iPhoto Library here, you notice you don't see backup anywhere. There are no buttons down here. And if you go through the File menu, you will not see backup. It's not built-in. It's not part of the iPhoto interface. Fortunately, iPhoto is running on a Mac, and so we do have a pretty good alternative and it's called Time Machine. It's part of the OS. And what Time Machine allows you to do is connect an external drive, we have one right here.
Call it out as your Time Machine, as I've done right here and then it will incrementally and on its own back up your computer. Now, you may not want your whole computer backed up especially if you're shooting a lot of photos. So, you can exclude areas of your backup. You just call them out here and Time Machine will ignore these directories. So you could set it up so it's just backing up your Pictures folder. So, then you turn it on and it takes from there, and that's really what we want.
We want the computer to remember to do it, not us. Now, we do have one other solution in addition to the magic solution that's coming up, and that is the old drag and drop method. So, you could just drag this library onto your external hard drive. I mean that's beneath this, right? We deserve something a little bit more elegant than that. So, if you want to stay within the iPhoto interface, in that whole ecosystem, then Time Machine is probably your best way to go.
But I highly recommend you watch the next two movies because Aperture has an even more elegant solution, and I'm going to show that to you.
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