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I can't emphasize enough how important it is to backup both your photos, which are probably among your most precious possessions, and the Organizer catalog with all the information that it contains about your photos, like keywords or albums that you've used in the Organizer. You don't have to rely on external backup schemes to protect your Organizer catalog in the photos that keeps track of. Elements offers its own backup features, which we are going to be looking at in this movie. They are actually two separate backup features here. I urge you to use the first of those that I'm going to show you and I'll mention second one for copying and moving individual files.
To start your first backup, go to the File menu at the top of the screen and choose Backup Catalog to CD, DVD or Hard Drive. That opens this wizard that walks you through just a couple of easy steps to backup. You do have to make one choice: whether you want a full backup, which is the best choice the first time that you backup your catalog, or incremental backup, which is the best choice from then on. Incremental backup backs up only any files that you have changed or that you have added to your catalog since the previous backup. I'm going to click Next, and in this screen I have to select to the drive to which I want to backup.
I have a small hard drive attached to my G drive, so I'm going to select that and here under Backup Path I could go into the G drive and select a particular area of that drive to backup too. But I'm just going to backup to the top level and I'm going click Done. And then Elements goes ahead and makes your backup for you. When the backup is finished, you'll get this message and you can click OK. In the event that your computer crashes or is lost or stolen, you have backup insurance; you can restore your entire Elements catalog and your photos using a command under the File menu which we are going to look at now, File > Restore Catalog from CD, DVD, or Hard Drive.
There is also another choice here, Copy/Move to Removable Disk. This is the option to choose when you have just a file or two that you want to copy to a CD, a DVD or perhaps a thumb drive. You could do that outside of Elements but it's nice to have that capability from inside the program as well. There is one more backup feature in Element 7 and that is the Online Backup system involved with Photoshop.com. New in this version of Elements is the capability to backup and synchronize your files online and we will be looking at that in a later chapter but the ability to back up online doesn't absolve you of the responsibility to make physical backups on a regular basis as I have just showed you. Your photographs really are among your most precious items so please do remember to make duplicates using the backup features in Elements often.
As you have seen that built-in Backup Wizard takes the pain out of backing up both your photos and your Organizer catalog. Just remember to do it regularly and to store your back up media in a secure place.
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