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It is so important to back up not only your photos and other media files that you've brought in through Elements, but also the Organizer catalog with all the information that it contains about your media files. Elements makes backing up both the files and the catalog so easy that there's really no excuse not to do it regularly. You don't have to rely on external backup schemes or third-party software, because Elements offers its own backup features and they're really easy to use. There are two different ways to back up from Elements.
In this movie, I'll cover how to back up to physical media like CDs, DVDs, or external hard drives. Later in the course when I'm covering online services, I'll show you how you can use Elements to back up to an online account too. I suggest that you do both, but at least do one or the other. To start your first backup to an external drive, to CDs, or to DVDs, go up to the File menu in the Organizer, and choose Backup Catalog to CD, DVD or Hard Drive.
That opens the backup wizard that walks you through just a couple of easy steps to back up. You do have to make one choice here, and that is whether you want a full backup, which is the best choice the first time that you back up a catalog, or whether you want an incremental backup, which is the best choice from then on, because incremental backup backs up only files that you've changed, or that you've added to your catalog since the last backup. Since this is my first backup of this catalog, I'll make sure that Full Backup is selected here and then I'll click Next.
Here in Step 2, I'll select the drive to which I want to back up. I have a small hard drive attached to my E drive. So I'm going to click on the E drive, and if I had a particular part of that E drive to which I wanted to back up, I could click this Browse button, and navigate to the area of the E drive to which I wanted to back up. But I'm just going to back up to the top level of my E drive, and so I'm going to click Done. By the way, the drive to which you will back up won't always be called the E drive.
That depends on the setup of your computer. Then Elements goes ahead and makes the backup for me. When the backup is finished, Elements tells me that the backup has been successful, and I'll click OK. That's all there is to it. Now that I've made that backup, I have insurance in case my computer crashes or is lost or stolen, I can restore this entire catalog and the contents of this catalog that are on my computer or were on my computer, by just attaching the external drive or disk to which I backed up, making sure it's turned on, and then going up to the File menu at the top of the screen, and choosing Restore Catalog from CD, DVD or Hard Drive.
But I'm not going to do that right now, I'll move off of that menu. Now sometimes you may have just one or two files in Elements that you want to be sure that you have some backup for. In that case, you can copy just those files to a removable disk like a hard drive, or a CD, or DVD. To do that, just select one or more photo thumbnails in the Photo Browser and then go up to the File menu and choose Copy/Move to Removable Disk. In this dialog box, don't check Move Files or the actual high-resolution photos will be deleted from your hard drive.
Instead, I'm just going to click Next and in Step 2, select the destination drive. You can browse to a particular path on that drive or you can just click Done. After the selected files are copied, you'll see a message like this and you can click OK, and OK again. At the beginning of this movie, I mentioned that there is another backup feature in Elements 8, and that's the online backup system that's involved with Photoshop.com. The online backup system gives you the capability to back up and synchronize your files between your computer and an online space and between computers.
I'll be covering all that later on in this course, but I do want to emphasize that even if you do back up online, I also recommend that you use the backup method to physical media that I've shown you here.
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