Lightroom: Bbackup set management

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5) (this is a bit blue-sky, but... ) I'd like to see support for creating and maintaining multi-volume backups - my collection of raw files is approximately 3TB and growing - much too large to store on any single optical device. Lightroom could make this backup management easy with a few additions:

a) add a 'backup set ID' field for images - this should handle a list - each item needs a status to indicate whether the image is 'assigned to the backup set' or 'confirmed to be in the backup set'
b) add 'backup set container' objects which have knowledge of target devices (CD/DVD/BluRay/etc). Images can be assigned to any container which isn't full
c) add an 'auto create and fill' capability so a full catalog can be assigned to backup sets which can then be written to external media
d) ideally... we'd also have an option to export catalog data to the backup sets - so a DVD full of raw files would also contain the associated catalog data
e) if an image is found to be missing.. but is in a backup set... Lightroom could then prompt the user to load the appropriate backup media. This could then be extended to allow parts of a catalog to be set as 'offline' and removed from the primary media - meaning that the images are still in the catalog, but only available from backup media
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I'd guess Adobe won't go this far. Begging the question of how to accomplish your goals in lieu of.

I mean, a dedicated backup program can do some of these things, but also it's good to make friends with catalog export / import features.

For example, you can backup (all or a subset of) your originals, with catalog info, by exporting a catalog with negatives. When importing from said backup, Lr can match up incoming photos with those in current/target catalog.

Rob