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There's nothing worse than losing your precious photos or all the work that you've put into organizing them here in the Organizer, so I can't urge you strongly enough to remember to backup regularly. And you can do that using the Backup Catalog command here in the File menu in the Organizer. This will back up both your catalog and your photos. Before you use this command, you may want to come down here to the Reconnect command and set it to Reconnect All Missing Files, just in case the links between your catalog and some of those files have been broken as we're working on the files.
I covered reconnecting files in a movie earlier in the course. When you're done with that, you may also want to select all the photos in your Catalog and choose Save Metadata To Files; and that will embed in your actual photo files the metadata that you've added in the Organizer. Then when you're ready, attach a large external hard drive to your computer-- which is preferable to using multiple CDs or DVDs to back up your catalog in the photos--and go to the file Backup Catalog command here. If you've run the Reconnect command, as I just recommended, you won't see a warning like this.
If you do see this warning, then it's best to click Reconnect and try to reconnect all your files to the catalog. I'm just going to click Continue for now, so I can show you the next step in backing up. Here in the Backup window, you have two choices. The first time that you're backing up from the Organizer, it's important to choose Full Backup. And that will back up your entire catalog and all your photos. Then in the future, after you've done one Full Backup, you can choose Incremental Backup, and that will back up just any modifications that you've made since the last backup, and it ought to go a lot faster.
So I'm going to stick with Full Backup here and click Next. In this Window, you'll click on the drive to which you want to backup and if you want to set a Backup path to a particular directory or folder, you can do that. I'm just going to leave this as is, and the next step is to click Save Backup. At that point, you should see an estimate of the time it will take to take the Backup, along with the Progress Bar as your Backup progresses. And when the Backup is all done, you should see an alert that the Backup has been completed successfully. So, please don't forget to Backup your catalog and your files this way on a regular basis to save all your hard work and your important photos.
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