Auto Backup prompt
Performing frequent, regular catalog backups is recommended to protect your data when you are switching to another computer, upgrading your operating system, or in case your system crashes.
The Elements Organizer allows you to back up your catalog including all your photos and videos as well as just the catalog organization structure.
Catalog organization structure is defined as keywords, tags, people, places, events, albums, ratings, etc.
There are multiple options to back up and restore your memories:
This article covers the procedure to back up and restore the catalog in the Elements 2021 Organizer. The corresponding article for the Elements 15 Organizer or earlier is available at this link.
Introduced in the Elements 2021 Organizer
You can now schedule regular automatic backups of just your Catalog Organization Structure (i.e. keywords, tags, people, places, events, albums, ratings etc. excluding your photos & videos) that will happen when you exit the software. If something goes wrong with the catalog or organization structure, upon launch of the Elements Organizer you will be given an option to restore the latest backed-up version of your organization structure. The software will automatically remove older backups and replace them with the latest.
Auto Backup prompt
Change Auto Backup frequency
Go to Edit > Preferences > General (Windows) or Elements Organizer > Preferences > General (macOS)
Based on the frequency, the Auto Backup prompt will be presented upon exiting the Organizer
By default, auto backup frequency is set to On Every Exit.
Auto Restore on relaunch
You can manually initiate a backup of the catalog at any time using File > Backup Catalog menu and choosing one of the options.
In Step 1 of the Backup wizard, select one of the backup options, and click Next.
In Step 2 of the Backup wizard, set the following options:
After the Elements Organizer calculates the size and estimated time needed for the backup, click Save Backup.
When you restore a catalog that has been backed up, the contents of the backup catalog are recreated on your computer.
You can restore the backup from CD/DVD, or hard drive:
Select File > Restore Catalog.
In Restore From, specify where the backup files are located:
To restore a catalog from one computer to another, do the following:
1. Create a full backup on the first computer.
2. Store the backup on a removable drive.
3. Connect the removable drive to the other computer.
4. Restore the backup file.