External HDD

Backing up your data regularly is very crucial. Photos, in particular, are equally important as your other files and should keep a current backup of them as well. Though you use Time Machine as a backup, which is a good thing, you should have additional backups as well. Here’s why you need additional backup.

Why You Require an Addition iPhoto Library Backup?

Time Machine as a backup point does an incredible job but are not stored forever. It automatically deletes old files to make space for the newer ones. And this is something to be concerned about if you want to keep your old items like your photos.

With everyone using digital cameras to click memories, the original copies stored in the camera once copied to your computer, they are almost erased from your camera to make way for the new images. So the original copies are only on your computer and nowhere else.

If something goes wrong with your Mac, all your photos are gone making you wonder how to restore my pictures folder? To save yourself from this situation you need additional backup.

How to Use External Hard Drive to Backup iPhoto?

To start backing up your iPhoto library, first open iPhoto then click File tab and choose Switch to Library.


A new iPhoto window will open with the list of all iPhoto libraries available on your Mac. From the list select iPhoto Library (default).

Now exit from iPhoto library by selecting Quit iPhoto from the iPhoto Menu or press Cmd + Q. Now, connect the external drive which you want to use as a backup.

Open Finder and choose Pictures from the sidebar. Now, drag and drop the iPhoto to the external hard drive. Depending on the size of the library, it will take few minutes or longer to transfer the folder.

Once the process is over, press and hold the ‘Option’ key and open iPhoto library from the Applications folder or from the Dock. A window will open prompting you to choose one of the three options – Other Library, Create New or Choose the highlighted one. Click ‘Other Library’.

The window that opens, search for your external hard drive, select the iPhoto that you copied and click on ‘Choose’.

The iPhoto will be open with a reference to the library on your external hard drive until it is disconnected. Once again quit iPhoto and remove the external hard drive safely.

Now you have backed up your entire iPhoto Library to your external hard drive. Repeat the process whenever you add a new photo to iPhoto so that you’ll have all your recent photos backed up as well.