Lightroom: How To Backup Your Files

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to arrange, edit and manipulate their images. Besides these features, Lightroom also allows users to back up their files to ensure that they are not lost. 

Step 1: Understanding Why to Back up Files

In this day and age, viruses can attack computers, and older computers can even crash and lose data. If someone doesn't have an automatic backup hard drive, all of their images could be lost. Backing up data ensures that its always safe and available.

Lightroom easily allows users to backup their files by simply selecting certain backup options. These backup features will periodically run so that all new editions of files will be saved.

Step 2: How to Back up the Library

Lightroom allows users to back up their library of photos. This can be done via Lightroom's General preferences. To back up the library, follow the below steps:

  1. Go to File, and then go to Catalog Settings.
  2. In the Catalog Settings popup menu, go the General Tab, and click on the Backup panel.
  3. In this menu, users will be able to select how often that they want the backup to happen: Never, Once a month, Once a week, Once a day, Every Time Lightroom starts or the Next time Lightroom starts only.
  4. Save the settings.

Now, to whatever setting that you have selected, Lightroom will back up the Library. For example, if a user selected the Next time Lightroom starts only, then when they restart Lightroom, a popup message with appear. It will say the following: "You have requested that a catalog backup be performed for this run of Lightroom."  Users can then select whether or not they wish to backup the catalog now or skip it until later.

But, if users have the backup set to run every day, they will receive an additional message if they choose to skip the current back up. They will be asked whether or not they want to just skip this backup, but allow future ones. Users should select yes.

Step 3: Picking Where Photos will be Backed Up

In the Back Up Catalog pop-up menu, users can also pick to where they would like the backups to happen. This is done by clicking on Choose. Users can either select to back up files onto a different section of their current hard drive or to external hard drive.

If the external hard drive is unavailable, Lightroom will automatically backup the Library onto backup folders within the same folder where the images are.

Step 4: How Often the Backups Should Be Run

It is advisable to run backups everyday if someone changes their images on a daily or weekly basis. This ensures that the backup catalog is kept up to date.  If someone only adds or edits pictures periodically, then they may want to put in the monthly setting. But, backups should occur pretty often so that no images are lost if something does happen to the computer.

Users should also consider investing in an external hard drive, as this won't get corrupted even if the main computer does.