Forum Question: iTunes and iPhoto backup workflow

Here’s my plan to backup iTunes and iPhoto, please tell me what you think.
I’ll copy and paste iTunes Media folder and iPhoto library folder to an external hard drive. The iTunes Media folder would also contain iPhone backups. In another month or so, I would repeat process so the external HD has the latest updated folders. I would then delete the previous folders.
Is there a better way to do this more efficiently and elegantly? Also, a colleague who uses Windows says copying and pasting a folder with a large number of items via clicking and dragging is not reliable and that I might miss some files?? Is this a Windows only issue? He recommended using Terminal to copy the folders onto an external HD.
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Royce

Comments: 2 Responses to “iTunes and iPhoto backup workflow”

    2/8/11 @ 7:28 am

    Why not just use Time Machine? Instead of monthly backups, you have hourly and daily ones. Time Machine is a much better option. What happens if your drive fails or you accidentally delete some files and it has been 3 weeks since your last backup? And what about documents and other things?
    As for your other question: dragging and dropping is the way you copy files. It is reliable in that it will copy the files you drag and drop. It won’t “miss” any. But maybe your friend means that YOU may miss some by manually dragging and dropping a variety of files.
    But I would definitely stop your method of backing up and start a much more reliable Time Machine backup to a dedicated hard drive.
    See these episodes:
    http://macmost.com/choosing-a-time-machine-backup-drive.html
    http://macmost.com/time-machine-versus-cloning.html
    http://macmost.com/time-machine-for-photos-email-and-contacts.html

    accordionist
    1/14/12 @ 2:10 pm

    A large iPhoto library (50GB)takes many hours to ‘copy’ (by drag and drop). The expected time is increasing from 12 to 15 hours. I stopped the Time Machine, no change in the copy speed.

    This prompted me to stop the copy.

    Stopping the copy after 1 hour elapsed in the copy takes a long time as well.

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