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Backing up your iPhoto library or parts of your library is very important because you don't want your images just to live on one hard drive. So I'm going to show you a couple methods for doing that. In this movie right here I'm going to show you backing up to DVD. Now DVDs only have about four plus gigs of space, so if you have a large iPhoto library, you're not going to back everything up on it, but DVDs have their place because you can make a bunch of them and have them in different locations.
So one strategy that I think is good is to back up your favorite shots. We've talked about rating photos and pulling together collections of your best shots, like we did here or like I've done here, this album, and so you can burn an iPhoto DVD of your best stuff and date it and then that way you know that if something terrible happens at least you have your very good images. The other problem is if you back up the entire library, the backup procedure seems to draw from the Trash.
It seems to draw from MobileMe if you have that and you're going to end up with a lot of cruft that you may not want. So controlling the backup when you're doing DVD seems like a good way to go. Let me show you how that works. We're going to back up this album of my Favorite Vacation shots. I'm going to go up to Share > Burn and I get this message, yes so we have a DVD ready to go. Now we'll just wait for a second, because as you know DVD technology is not the fastest in the universe. And here we go.
So we have 12 photos in this album and 12 photos down here and of course it tells us that practically the rest of the DVD is available. These are one-shot burns. You don't get to do multiple sessions with this. So now I'm going to click Burn and we'll let the DVD burner do its work. One thing I might mention while we're waiting for the burn to complete is that you can label this anything that you want.
You can customize this label. So you might want to give it the album name and the date or something like that and that will make it easier to keep track of your different DVDs. We have now successfully backed up our images onto DVD. The thing that I want to remind you is that this can only be read by iPhoto and what you do is then you take that DVD and when you have a new iPhoto Library or a different iPhoto Library, you can actually import the information that's on that DVD and it will bring it in to a different iPhoto Library and so it's a iPhoto to iPhoto backup.
I think it's a good strategy for your highly rated photos and especially if you want to keep them in different locations, which is never a bad idea. Well, I want to show that our backed up DVD actually works. So what I did was I opened a different iPhoto library and I inserted the DVD into the drive and it shows up here in the Shared. Increase the Shared in the Library pane here and we get our DVD and we get Events. We actually get our Places material. Look at this. With pins, we get our last 12 months.
Now what we actually backed up was the album Favorite Vacation and we see that we have Favorite Vacation right here, fully functional, and if we had flagged images they would show up also. So this is in addition to the library that you have open. So essentially, what you can do is be working with your library and you've backed up great shots and you've kept track of them on DVD, you can put the DVD in the player.
It will show up here in the Shared thing and then you could grab these photos if you want to and drag them into your regular iPhoto library. So it is a handy way and I will reiterate that I think it's particularly good for backing up your best stuff. So here's back up to DVD and I also want to show you back up to hard drive, so make sure you check out the next movie.
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