Back up of catalogs is recommended to protect your data in case your system crashes or when you're switching to another computer. It is also recommended that you back up your catalog before upgrading your operating system. You can also create free space on your computer by moving rarely used media files to another drive on your computer or a shared network. Elements Organizer lets you take full backup and incremental backup of your catalog. The filename for the backup is Backup.tly.
Full Backup backs up all the media files of your catalog at once. When you back up your catalog for the first time, you have to take a full backup.
Incremental Backup backs up modified and newly added media files to the last backup. For incremental backups, ensure that you have the media that contains the last complete backup.
This article covers the procedure for back up and restore a catalog in Elements Organizer 2018. The corresponding article for Elements Organizer 15 or earlier is available at this link.
Click Reconnect to check for missing files. If you clicked Reconnect, and missing files are found, the Reconnect Missing Files dialog box appears and prompts you to reconnect the missing files. For more information about reconnecting missing file, see Reconnect missing files in catalog.
Click Continue to proceed with backing up files. Elements Organizer automatically performs a recover procedure.
If you choose to continue with the backup despite disconnected items, restoring this backup set yields a catalog with the items disconnected.
Creates a copy of the entire catalog and all the photo files, video files, audio clips, projects, and other related files. Choose this option at least the first time you back up your files.
Creates a copy of the catalog, all new or modified media files, projects, and other related files since the last full or incremental backup.
- From the Select Destination Drive list, select the destination (hard drive or removable media) where you want to store the backup.
- In the Options section, choose the Backup Path.
- If you’re making an incremental backup, previous backup file is used to determine what has changed since the last backup. Click Browse to select the previous backup file.
When you restore a catalog that has been backed up, the contents of the backup catalog are recreated on your computer. Among other uses, restoring from a catalog helps you retrieve lost files, or move files around computers.
For example, use the Backup command to copy media files to any removable drive. Then use the Restore command to place the files onto the other computer.
Restore using CD/DVD is not supported on Mac OS.