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Why You Should Use Lightroom’s Catalog Backup Feature Even If You Backup Your Computer Daily

I saw a comment here on the blog Friday where the person mentioned they don’t use Lightroom’s catalog backup because they back up their entire computer daily, so they feel they’re covered if their Lightroom catalog gets corrupted because they have a recent backup of their catalog.

But is that backup is corrupted, too? How would you know, until it’s too late?

That’s why you should use Lightroom’s built-in catalog Backup feature (that window that pops up when you Quit Lightroom asking you if you want to backup your catalog). The reason is — it checks the integrity of the catalog you’re backing up (see below) so you know that what you’re backing up will work if you get in that situation.

If it doesn’t pass the integrity test (and you see the warning below), you know your backup isn’t going to bail you out if you need it, and hopefully, you have another recent backup somewhere (you’d have one from last week if you do it weekly when you quit LR).

IMPORTANT: I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s so important it’s worth repeating. Backing up your Lightroom catalog does NOT back up your photos themselves. For more on that, check out this post on my daily blog.

In other news….

The Print Version of my “Travel Photography Book” Is Now Finally In Stock

OK, it has taken a good long while, but it’s finally in stock at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and direct from the publisher, I am so excited to share this new book with you about a topic I’m so passionate about. 

First, please take a minute to watch the official book trailer below where I explain what it’s all about (it’s short). 

OK, it’s in stock, ready to ship, let’s go order one, two, heck maybe three copies right now. Here are the links: 

From Amazon

From Barnes & Noble

Direct From The Publisher (Rocky Nook)

Thanks so much to everybody who pre-ordered the book, and showed amazing patience throughout. You all rock! 🙂 

Now let’s go have a kick-butt week!!! 🙂

–Scott

P.S. Don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow for the next article in my series, “Photoshop for Lightroom Users.”

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