Backing up photos, raw adjustments and entire catalogs is a critical concern for anyone that has invested considerable time, money and effort to create their final photographs.
Would it be possible to add automated Sync and Backup to external drive ?
I use LR on my desktop and laptop, but the problem is that I know have 2 different catalogs. It would be a nice backup feature to synchronize changes made to photos among devices or group users so we don't end up with multiple catalogs and photo versions.
Many users would appreciate a viable backup strategy to protect LR catalogs.
1. Where are your photos? Each PC/Laptop must have access to the photos.
2. If they are already on an external HD, just put the catalog also there. Backup this HD to another one.
3. If they are on different internal HD the catalogs must be different and can't be synced.
Hello Reinard, and thank you for your feedback.
Many user work on their files on multiple devices i.e. computers desktop at the studio, laptop on the road, mobile devices on the go. The problem is that you end up with some photo changes on one device and other changes on another device. It would be great to save all you hard work on 1 master catalog and require only 1 backup instead of indviduale device backups.
If a user could sync between desktop and laptop catalogs into a master catalog on an external drive that would be awesome. This way all that would be required is to choose between an incremental or complete backup of the master photo vault and selected catalogues.
Backing up a complete catalog and DNG's can be very time consuming depending on size. Incremental backups can save time and improve workflow.
If I recall correctly, there is a third party that offers sync and backup but their solution involved saving all files to their cloud and it was expensive. Also, it wasn't integrated from within the LR application.
Syncing catalogs improves workflow and backing up is a safety feature. I am confidant that Adobe engineers can add a fully integrated Sync and Backup feature into LR.
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Dropbox sounds fine but you will agree that uploading more than 2 Tbytes of photos will take days ... I would prefer an in-house solution where I can use my local network. Logging on to a private network and syncing to a local master catalog has reduced risks.
The second issue is lag time to access my files. Dropbox can take forever to retrieve large files that are post processed with Photoshop.
I prefer to have control over storage of my own work and not have my files stored on someone else's cloud. I would love to find a worthwhile solution to sync and backup without having to deal with additional vendors or internet lag to download/upload files.
BTW Thank you for the link to the lightroomqueen