Lightroom allows you to schedule regular catalog backups when you exit the software. Backups executed from Lightroom include only the catalog file. You must independently back up your edited photos and anything exported from Lightroom.
Performing frequent, regular catalog backups is only part of what should be a comprehensive backup strategy. When formulating a backup strategy:
- Remember that the more frequently you back up your catalog and photos, the less data you stand to lose when a crash or corruption occurs.
- If possible, store the backup copies of your photos and catalog on a separate hard disk from your working files.
- Consider using dedicated backup software to automate the process and synchronize changes between your working and backup files.
- If you’re worried that your backup files might be accidentally erased, create redundant backups on additional disks, or on read-only media such as DVDs.
- For greater security, store your backup disk in a separate location from your working disk, preferably offsite or in a fire-proof safe.
- Consider making copies of your photos when you import them. Remember that this gives you only a copy of your original photos, not your edited photos. See Back up photos during import.
- Windows: \Users\[user name]\Pictures\Lightroom\[catalog name]\Backups\
- Mac OS: /Users/[user name]/Pictures/Lightroom/[catalog name]/Backups\