Backup including master files

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This is both a question and an idea, so I wasn't quite sure where to post it.

When my local storage (MacBook Pro) starts to get full, I move all originals over to a USB disc and keep only smart previews locally. Then I also make a backup of both the USB disc and the entire MacBook to a second USB disc. But when I import new images again, these are stored locally until next time I move them and make a backup. So therefore I make smaller backups every time I quit LR onto a cloud disc. The problem is that I would like to include my new originals too, because these are not backed up anywhere else. As far as I know, this isn't possible. I know I can choose to make a copy of the originals to another location when importing new pictures. The problem is that after import, I go through the images and delete as many as possible to keep only the best. But all the copies on the other location will still be there and fill up a large amount of unnecessary disc space. 

So every time I am finished with a new import and have deleted the files I don't want, I drag a copy of the new originals onto the cloud disc for backup, in a folder next to the catalog backup. But I wish this could be done automatically together with the ordinary catalog backup. The backup should be smart enough to only include master files that are new since last backup. 

Alternative two: If I choose to make a copy of all images during import, is there a way to easily find the files in the backup location that I have deleted from LightroomMasters, so I can delete them here too? If not, maybe a kind of sync function here could be made in the future?
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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You could consider setting up a publishing service to the cloud disk. Use export 'Original' in the service. You would still have to manually activate it, but such a service does keep track of what happens and deletes images that are deleted from the catalog.
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Thanks for this great idea! I haven't thought of it before, and I will try it out immediately. :-)

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I've tried it out now, and it works perfectly!
Thanks again!
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BTW, most people would simply use a dedicated backup or clone utility rather than trying to do it in Lightroom.
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I know. But I think connecting an external drive is a little cumbersome after every import, and I think most cloud backup services are too expensive. 
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