Backing Up Your Work

After importing images from your camera and erasing memory cards in preparation for the next shoot, the only record of your images is stored on your hard disks. It’s vital that you back up your files on storage media separate from your computer and its hard disks. Backing up your photos and storing the backups in a safe place can save your work from catastrophes such as fire, theft, storm-related disruptions, or equipment failure.

Aperture backs up your managed images (images that are stored in the Aperture library) and all information associated with the images, such as versions, metadata, and previews, on vaults located on hard disk drives. Aperture doesn’t back up the masters of referenced images located outside the Aperture library. You must maintain your own backup system for referenced masters. Aperture does back up the versions, previews, and metadata information associated with referenced images, but not the masters themselves.

You can set Aperture to automatically create backup copies of your images during import. After importing, you can back up the managed images in your library to one or more vaults. Then, you can monitor your backup system by viewing your vaults in the Vault pane. There are several controls that you use when you update vaults to back up your images.

Figure. Vault pane showing the status of two vaults.

You can create multiple vaults to provide duplicate backups. Each vault holds a backup copy of the entire Aperture library. Once the images are backed up, you can depend on the reliable Aperture backup functions to track all the versions of your photos and the work you have done with them.

For an explanation of the Aperture backup and archiving features, see Backing Up Your Images.

For more information about creating backup copies of your images during import, see Automatically Backing Up Your Imported Images.