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Does Time Machine back-up Images? #1
MiniD3's picture
by MiniD3
August 21, 2013 - 7:24am

Havent got my head around setting up the vaults yet,
Just hoping Time Machine backs up everything including images

Butch Miller's picture
by Butch Miller
August 21, 2013 - 8:08am

Time Machine will backup your images as long as your images are stored on your startup drive.

MiniD3's picture
by MiniD3
August 21, 2013 - 10:47am

Thank you Butch

Butch Miller's picture
by Butch Miller
August 21, 2013 - 11:38am

To clarify … you can also use TM to backup libraries and images hosted on external drives (or drives other than your startup drive) … IF … your Time Machine backup dive has enough capacity to store all the data you desire to backup.

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by gary curtis
August 21, 2013 - 7:04pm

If you open the Time Machine preference panel in either your Menu Bar, or System Preferences, you specify what drive is backed up. I think you can also tailor to specific folders.

I seem to remember configuring mine not to back up the System Folder, in order to save space.

MiniD3's picture
by MiniD3
August 22, 2013 - 4:31am

Thanks Guys

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by MiniD3
August 22, 2013 - 11:33am

Bit of a learning curve this Apple/Aperture thing
Firstly, very impressed with the cataloguing and edit capability
Still haven’t really understood this Vault thing
Apparently, with vault, none of the masters are backed up?

Had a good look at both my external drives where Time Machine is backing up, could not find any images

Eventually, I found the Aperture Library in pictures in the finder

Just to be sure to be sure,
I dragged these Aperture Libraries into each external drive
Then did a test with the Aperture application and opened each drive to see if it worked
All OK so far

Maybe Time Machine just backs up previews?
Unfortunately, I just have too many images to all fit on the Mac HDD and DAM is a must for my situation

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by Thomas Emmerich
August 23, 2013 - 7:34pm

Time Machine doesn’t back up everything inside an Aperture library. I just compared my original (mostly managed) library to TM backup and they are different sizes. Original: 500.69GB. Backup: 469.27GB. There’s some minor differences in some of the backup content sizes but here’s what’s missing from the backup (inside the package file) that makes up 99+% of the difference:

1. Apple TV Photo Cache (47.5MB)
2. iPod Photo Cache (4.35GB)
3. Thumbnails (27.24GB)

If you don’t have an AppleTV or haven’t enabled iPod/iPhone/iPad syncing you might only have 1 or two of these folders inside your library package.

The bottom line is Time Machine doesn’t backup caches or thumbnails, but it does backup the Previews.


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