April 26, 2018

iPhoto Course (5): iPhoto Backup – Burn a CD or DVD

Listen up everyone! Here’s something very important to consider when you are using iPhoto as we cannot always claim that our macs are a hundred percent infallible – there are computer crashes and not to mention uncontrolled disasters or accidents to consider.

We often hear that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and in the case of iPhoto creating a back-up of your collections will definitely save you from the trouble of data loss. Creating a DVD or CD back-up of your photo collection will require a bit of work and keen attention to details but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to do the same in a breeze as often as you want.

iPhoto Backup – Burn a CD or DVD?

The choice is yours. Some macs have only CD-Writing capability while most of the latest models are already equipped with DVD-Writers. Another aspect to consider is the size of your files. The typical capacities of standard Compact Disks in the market varies from 650 MB to 900 MB. DVD disks on the other hand have bigger storage capacity which on the average starts at 4GB.

TIP: All optical drives tend to degenerate over time when exposed to water, pollutants and changes in temperature so make sure to keep your back-up CDs and DVDs in a safe, clean and dry place. Likewise, it’s important to observe proper handling so as to avoid getting your disks scratched, chipped or broken.

Selecting Items

When creating your back-up, you have the option to choose Events, Albums or Photos or a combination of all three.

  • By Events

While on the Event, highlight or choose each event set that you wish to save. Use the command button on your keyboard to jump your selection from one event to another.

  • By Albums

On your Source list, select the Albums that will be included in your back-up. You can also hit shift or command when selecting Albums.

  • By Photos

This mode will display all images from your library and are grouped according to events. As always, the command key works very handy when doing multiple selections.

The easier way to do this is to begin from the top towards the bottom of the list. Expand each event one at a time to avoid confusion. Then work your way to select each photo you’d like to be included to your back-up.

Now that you’re ready to burn your CD or DVD there are two modes for burning a back-up CD or DVD of your iPhoto collections.

CD or DVD for viewing in iPhoto:

1. After you have selected the images, go to Share > Burn.

2. A dialogue will appear, asking you to insert a blank disk.

3. Insert a CD or DVD and click Ok. Once a disk is detected, click  on the “Burn” button.


A pop-up message will ask to confirm the number of photos to be included in the back-up for burning. Again, confirm the action by clicking on “Burn”.

iPhoto will shortly begin writing files to the optical disk.

4. Wait for a few moment (this will take a little while if you’ve got loads of photos to burn, so don’t worry).

5. Once done, you can check out the contents of your back-up disk if iPhoto is able to recognize. Keep the disk/s and use them anytime you need to restore your collection.


CD or DVD for Windows or other Photo Processing machines:

1. Once you are done with selecting the photos for your back-up, go to File > Export as shown above.

2. The Export window will open, go to File Export tab.

3. There are a few options available for your back-up.

Kind – refers to the type of file to be saved (Original,Current, JPEG, TIFF or PNG)

Quality – or resolution (Low, Medium, High or Maximum)

Size – based on the intended use like on screen viewing, web publishing or print out (small, medium, large, full size)

File name – how would you like to organize the photos for your reference(title, file name, sequential or Album name with number)

Another TIP: iPhoto recommends JPEG, Maximum and Full Size for best results.

4. After you’ve set all the parameters, hit the Export button. You need to create a folder for your back-up where all the exported photos will be stored.

5. Quit iPhoto once the export is done and the insert a blank disk (CD or DVD).

6. Open the disk using Finder and then drag the whole back-up folder inside the window.

7. Go to File > Burn Disk (in the illustration – Untitled CD).

8. A pop-out window will appear confirming your action. At this stage, you can label the disk and set the burn speed.

Click “Burn” and wait for the process to finish.

Here’s how your CD icon should look after:

Congratulations, your back-up is now in order! The thought of having your priceless photos in a safe place is enough to keep you cool in the face of any data misfortune. So, why not give it a go and start your worry-free iPhoto experience.


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About Monja

Monja is a Multimediadesigner and Mac enthusiast since she discovered the beauty of Mac Computers - she never looked back to her Windows Laptop.

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