Backup your iPhone pictures to a DVD with iPhoto


Since the launch of the original 1G iPhone I have been taking pictures, and later on videos with it. After two years and more than 4.000 photos, I needed a way to backup those precious pictures. I sync them with iPhoto, so the contents are pretty much the same, plus everything is copied to a Time Machine drive automatically. Where is the need to save them somewhere else?


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Time Machine would delete older copies to save the latest information from my Macbook. I can stand not having a picture in physical format, but I need a hard copy, something I can store in a safe place and won't get corrupted or deleted as easily as an external hard drive. The day after Christmas I decided I would save them on DVD.

I found out that backing up your iPhoto library burning it to a CD or DVD is dead easy. I have chosen a Sony AccuCore DVD-R 16x compatible, which sound very impressive but was the cheapest I found at the local Fnac during my holiday in Spain. One DVD won't be enough, so I'm going to try different brands, including the fancy double layer ones, that I hope my laptop can handle.
The process is simple: Open your iPhoto and select all the pictures you want to back up. I have sorted them in events to make it easier, you can also use a smart folder. In the menubar select Share>Burn and you'll be prompted with some burning options. You can also select the name of the DVD and you get a representation of the space used and empty in it.


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Saving your pictures with this method will ensure that iPhoto can recognize the library, but Windows PCs won't be able to read them. If you need to take a CD to print your pictures in a shop, for example, iPhoto recommends to export the pictures and burn using the Finder. I found much more convenient to burn it the DVD as an iPhoto library, since it's richer and contains original and modified versions as well, just like your Mac.