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How To Back Up And Keep Your Lightroom Images Safe

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Accidents happen. So do viruses. Are you prepared? Martin Evening gives a brief review of the backup options in Lightroom to help you (hopefully) prevent or at least recover from trouble.
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Backing Up the Library

An option in Lightroom’s General preferences allows you to create an automatic scheduled backup of the master Lightroom library file at a frequency of your choosing. I strongly advise selecting one of these options, in order to gain an extra level of built-in backup security that may well prevent you from losing valuable library data information.

When you select a scheduled library backup option, the dialog box in Figure 1 appears each time a scheduled backup is due. You can specify a location where the backup library file should be stored, as well as run a test to see whether the database is corrupted. If the file is corrupted, Lightroom offers the opportunity to replace the current (corrupted) database with the previously backed-up database copy file.

Figure 1

Figure 1 Lightroom asks you to confirm that you want to back up the library.

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