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Saving to external hard drive
November 10, 2010
10:10 pm
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William Voss
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I am using Karen's Replicator to save to my external hard drive. This saves the orginal of my photos. Can I save the Picasa edits? I am now saving the edits to the hard drive and they are saved in the external hard drive at regular back up. This takes up more space on my had drive.

November 11, 2010
9:39 am
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William, 

Congratulations on using Karen's Replicator – I like that program a lot.  

As for Picasa Edits – they are all contained in a file called picasa.ini which is located in the same directory as the pictures which are edited.  So, if Karen's Replicator is copying the entire folder, it is getting the original photo plus the Picasa edits.  You are safe.  The only thing that is not getting backed up this way is Album definitions – that is stored in the Picasa database located in the User Profile area of your computer.

If, for example, you get a new computer and copy all the folders from your backup to the new computer, then put Picasa on that new computer, Picasa will see the photos plus it will see the picasa.ini file with all the edit information.  So, Picasa will display the edited version of the picture for you.

However, if you just go to the backup drive to grab a particular picture … the .jpg file … it will be the original without the edits.  So – you're right, the safest way to keep everything is to Save your edits before backing up.  Yes, it takes disk space, but disk space is pretty abundant these days.  If you really need to clear space, you can delete the hidden 'Picasa Originals' folders from your C drive.  

See the video #31 in the Picasa Series for more info on how Picasa handles edits.

November 12, 2010
4:44 pm
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William Voss
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So if I move to a new computer i loose the alubum difinations? Is there a way to save thoes?

November 13, 2010
10:02 am
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The best way to get everything is to use Picasa for the Backup.  Tools, Backup pictures.  That will get the album definitions as well.

I would use Karen's Replicator for daily, emergency backup – but use Picasa for that one-time backup everything so you can transfer.

November 13, 2010
4:28 pm
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Adam Witkowski
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In my opinion, the main problem of Picasa is lack of user's control where all imported data (pictures and videos) can be hold.

This data (My Pictures) mostly occupying a valuable space, so in my case, even having a big additional disk, I cann't really use it for

Picasa storage.

I opted for a more expensive solution by purchasing rather big capacity disk of 1TB and  installing the operating system on this hard drive, therefore now, I'm not in  short on space for all my pictures and videos.

 

Adam

November 14, 2010
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Hey Adam,

Well, in my opinion – Picasa gives the user *complete* control over where to put your pictures.  

be sure to watch the Picasa videos #6 Importing from Camera, #18 Using External hard drives, and #25 using multiple hard drives

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