by Julieanne Kost
A while ago I posted how to create an incremental Backup of your Lightroom catalog:
• To create a backup of your Lightroom catalog, select Catalog Settings > General. In the Backup area, select how often Lightroom should create an backup of your catalog. (Remember, this is only creating a backup of the Lightroom catalog – NOT your images.)
• You might also want to change the location of the backup catalog. When prompted to backup (depending on the schedule you set above), select a secondary drive (if possible) so that if the primary drive fails, you will still have your backups on the secondary drive.
I wanted to take a moment to add that this incremental catalog backup was designed so that if the most current catalog is harmed in some way (becomes corrupted, is accidently deleted, etc.), you can go back in time to the most recent backup (ideally losing little or no work). The incremental backups were not designed for catastrophic failures (floods, fire, theft etc.). So please, adopt a backup system that works for you that includes multiple copies of the most recent catalog (as well as your images) on multiple drives – ideally in multiple locations.
Note: I have multiple LaCie RAID drives that I backup routinely using Intego Backup Manager software (which comes with the drive). I keep multiple copies of my entire image library at home as well as at work. Obviously there is a wide range of backup strategies: I encourage you to find one that meets your needs.