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Mac Tip: Quit iPhoto to really back up your photos with Time Machine

It seems that Apple's automatic backup utility, Time Machine, doesn't back up iPhoto libraries when iPhoto is running. That's not so good for the whole "back up" concept.
Written by David Morgenstern, Contributor on

It seems that Apple's automatic backup utility, Time Machine, doesn't back up iPhoto libraries when iPhoto is running. That's not so good for the whole "back up" concept.

A recent support document warns about this behavior and suggests that users quit iPhoto before Time Machine does its thing. Or you can quit iPhoto and force a back up with the Back Up Now command from the Time Machine menu.

I admit that I am a bit paranoid about this backup and at the end of the day, I quit all applications and click the Back Up Now command. This may be magical thinking but it has given me a bit of extra peace of mind. And now, this support note supports my thinking.

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