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This very well could be the most important movie that we do in this entire title, and that has to do with backing up your existing iPhoto library before you upgrade to iPhoto '11. Don't worry about Exercise Files. We are importing stuff for demonstration. Now if you're a brand-new user, you don't have to worry about this, but you should make a mental note of it, because someday you will have an iPhoto library that also needs backing up. Why do you want to do this? Well, because when iPhoto '11 launches and you tell it to use the library that you've already had for probably quite a while now, it will actually change it.
It changes the way that library looks and works. You can't go backwards. Once you've updated your older library then it will only work with iPhoto '11. The other thing to keep in mind is that if something goes wrong during this updating process, you want to have a backup library so that you can start all over again or at least know that you haven't lost all your pictures. There is a couple of ways you can do this. One is you could just back it up right on the existing hard drive, but you have to have enough space for old iPhoto library and your new one.
And it is a way to go. It's not that hard. Just go up here. We are going to crate a new folder. We will call it something creative like Backup. Then all you have to do is hold down the Option key and drag your iPhoto library into it and it will actually make a copy of it. Now this library that I just copied isn't very big and this is a very fast computer. So this happened rather quickly, but if you have a humongous iPhoto library, this can take a while, and see there it is right there.
Now this is not my preferred way to back up your library, because it's still on the original hard drive. So I'm thinking a better thing to do would be to maybe have an external hard drive connected and back up to that. Here is an external drive right here. So we have an external backup drive and what I would do is make sure that-- and that external drive could be a USB drive, it could be a FireWire drive, whatever you happen to have where you back up stuff. And all you have to do would be to drag your iPhoto library onto that, let go, and then it will be copied to an external hard drive.
So that is the preferred way, because now you actually have your library living on two separate drives. So the moral of the story is, before you proceed any further, I know you're excited about iPhoto '11, but if you're an existing iPhoto user, before you go any further please back up your library. Hopefully you won't have to thank me in the future, but if you do, I'll gladly take your thanks.
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