Backing up LR

Community Beginner ,
Jul 17, 2022 Jul 17, 2022

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I have 2 LR catalogue and when I exit LR the dialogue box for backup options does not appear. I have one catalogue I don't use and dialogue box for that one does show. How can I get the dialogue box to show, and should I be backing up to external hard drive as well. 

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Jul 17, 2022 Jul 17, 2022

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Go to the catalog settings while using the catalog that you want to back up, and establish the frequency for which you want to have it backed up. Your catalog should be backed up to a drive other than the one where the catalog is being used, preferably an external hard drive (in my opinion).

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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Thank you I now see how to do it. I was going to back up to hard drive on computer as well as external hard drive, I guess that's  2 separate actions? 

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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@idreanc60926822 wrote:

Thank you I now see how to do it. I was going to back up to hard drive on computer as well as external hard drive, I guess that's  2 separate actions? 



Lightroom Classic does not have an option to save the catalog backup to more than one location. You would have to change locations manually each time. If you want to do this, then it makes more sense to use a separate backup utility that does offer this.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jul 17, 2022 Jul 17, 2022

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I agree with Jim. Change the catalog backup preferences to create the backups someplace other than the default pictures folder location. This tutorial explains how to choose the location and the frequency of catalog backups.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/where-should-i-put-my-backups/

It's important to understand that this backs up the catalog only, not your photos.

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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Thank you sorted now.  Does this also back up the ircart, data etc that you need to set up LR and download the files.

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@idreanc60926822 wrote:

Thank you sorted now.  Does this also back up the ircart, data etc that you need to set up LR and download the files.



I'm not sure what the "ircart" is supposed to be, but the catalog backup is just that: a backup of the catalog file and the .lrcat-data file that holds the A.I. mask data. Nothing else is included, so do realise that you need to backup your images using something else.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Yes I realize I need to back up my photos. Thanks.
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