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11 Messages


252 Points

Mon, Jan 1, 2018 9:41 PM

How can I backup my Lightroom CC library

I've just started using Lightroom CC, after I've been using Lightroom 5 on and off for about a year.  I'm not a professional photographer, so Lightroom CC's features with the simpler layout and cloud library available on all devices really appealed to me.  But now that I've migrated my Lightroom 5 library to Lightroom CC, and uploaded 5500 or so images to the cloud, I see that it's very easy to create chaos.  Selecting all images in the "All Photos" collection and clicking delete, would delete all images on all devices due to syncing.  Not very probable perhaps, but deleting one or a few images by mistake is definitely probable.  So how can I backup my Lightroom CC library?

Since I'm now only using Lightroom CC, adding images/videos directly in the Lightroom CC application/website, I don't really have a local library anymore.  I'm thinking it would be nice to automatically sync the Lightroom CC library to a local folder structure on a computer, and take incremental backups of that computer using software like Genie Timeline etc.  Is this doable?


32 Messages


554 Points

3 years ago

That’s why we need the bin function. When we accidentally delete a photo or more, we can recover them from the bin.

57 Messages


1.9K Points

3 years ago

I have a hacked workaround for this, though Adobe really needs to add some kind of recycle bin, local backup, archive... something. Heck the recycle bin has been a round since what, Windows 95?

Western Digital and LaCie make drives that are meant for use with mobile devices, meaning they have WiFi built in, and SD card readers for 1-touch copy. They also work with the Files and/or Creative Cloud apps. Get one of those, and do a copy to the drive first. Then, import into Lightroom CC.

If you have that, you can re-import. Again, it’s a complete hack, but the only way I’ve found to make a local backup somewhere with Lightroom CC, just in case.