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Backing up Picasa
March 15, 2013
10:17 pm

I am very new to Picasa – two days – and haven’t been home enough to even try loading pics from my camera.  However, I joined the google forum and have been having discussions with someone who is very helpful and knowledgeable with Picasa.  I have a Carbonite on line backup and this person is quite negative about the Carbonite backup because if you have to use it it does not recognize an applied or saved edit.  I do not understand completely and thought maybe you could shed more light on the subject.  She didn’t recommend the backup in Picasa either because it also has faults that make it difficult to use.  She suggested I use an external backup drive which I have but haven’t used in a while.  My usage with photos is mainly loading and editing and then sharing with a few friends and family.  Not much else.  I also don’t understand the Picasa sharing or sync with web.  She said to use the sync with web to share my photos.  I know this is a long post so I will be patient awaiting your reply.  I did purchase your book and am anxious to read it.


Thanks for your help.




PS  This is the answer I just received from the google Picasa forum

1. We all need backups
2. You can use an online backup or an external hard drive backup. Both will be fine.
3. Carbonite is not a good online backup for a Picasa3 user. Other online backups are good but not Carbonite. External hard drive backups are also good and they cost less. You need to decide what backup method to use.
4. If you decide to continue using Carbonite as backup, remember that if your computer crashes and you use file from carbonite then:

You will lose albums. Therefore don’t create albums.
If you used applied edits then the photos will look unedited again. Therefore don’t use applied edits.
If you used saved edits then you will no longer be able to right click and revert. Therefore don’t use saved edits.
You can use “File > Save as”

5: If you are going to have a backup on external hard drive, then have a look at the videos about synchronization software I posted above

March 18, 2013
9:29 am
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I’ll bet this article I wrote about Picasa and Carbonite will help you.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with using Carbonite for backup as long as you make sure it is backing up the picasa.ini file as discussed in the article.

As for Albums – they should be recoverable just fine as long as you are using Picasa 3.9 – it changed how albums are stored.  But, you can always assign a special album-specific tag to all pictures in an album, then you can recreate the album yourself at any time. Se this article on making albums from tags.

March 20, 2013
8:36 pm

Thanks for your answer.  I read the article about Carbonite and Picasa and I followed all the instructions.  When I got to the folder of pictured the dot was green with a white circle in it.  But when I went to check the box for “back up files of this type….” it was gray and could not be checked.  However, it said it was backed up.  The pictures inside were green solid dots and were also backed up.  I’m not sure what to think.  I saw nothing that mentioned Picasa .ini. file.  Need your help again.  Also I can’t find how to determine if I AM running Picasa 3.9

Thanks for your help!

March 23, 2013
9:00 pm
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You can find out what version of Picasa you have by clicking the Help menu, then About Picasa.

As for what was actually backed up or not – it sounds like it was.  Sometimes the only way to know for sure is to do a test restore.  So, identify a folder of pictures that is backed up, and that definitely has some edits – crops, etc. that you will be able to see.  Let’s say that folder is Susy’s Birthday.  Then, what you do is rename the folder on your computer to Test Backup Susy’s Birthday (or something like that).  Renaming is safer than deleting, but as far as your computer knows … Susy’s Birthday is gone.  So, now you can use Carbonite’s Restore feature to Restore the folder Susy’s Birthday.  When it’s done, take a look – are the pictures properly cropped?  Any text you added – is it there? Other edits/enhancements?

Let us know.

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