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jeljohns
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Jan 13, 2013 09:51 |  #1

LR has the option to backup files upon import. I was doing this and then I realized I was going through and deleting files of blurry or unusable photos, but those photos remain on the backup disc bloating the files and taking up space. Is there a way to a) delete the backup files at the same time as deleting the files on the main disc or b) backing up the files after culling instead of backing up upon import?




  
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Jan 13, 2013 11:43 |  #2

You can use a tool like the free Microsoft SyncToy (external link) (there are tons of other options) to compare the contents of your working files with the backups and automatically delete the backup versions. Of course, if you're renaming files in Lightroom the files deleted from the backup might not be the ones you intend to remove.


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Jan 13, 2013 14:30 as a reply to  @ PixelMagic's post |  #3

+1 Synctoy


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Jan 13, 2013 18:40 |  #4

jeljohns wrote in post #15482288 (external link)
LR has the option to backup files upon import. I was doing this and then I realized I was going through and deleting files of blurry or unusable photos, but those photos remain on the backup disc bloating the files and taking up space. Is there a way to a) delete the backup files at the same time as deleting the files on the main disc or b) backing up the files after culling instead of backing up upon import?

An opinion that I've read frequently from an assortment of LR gurus is that the Import dialog "backup" facility is intended to be a temporary safety net only and the recommendation is to delete it after you have made a final backup of only the keepers.


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Jan 13, 2013 18:41 |  #5

So the best solution would be to export my keepers in dng format to my backup drive?




  
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Jan 13, 2013 18:53 |  #6

jeljohns wrote in post #15484222 (external link)
So the best solution would be to export my keepers in dng format to my backup drive?

Hang on, here...

First, you want to decide whether to Import converting to DNG or not. Then, you have to decide whether ti cinvert ti DNG and delete the Raw originals or copy them to a new place. I dont't do a DNG conversion, but if I did I would copy and backup Raw filles to a different location and then back them up,


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Jan 13, 2013 18:56 |  #7

jeljohns wrote in post #15484222 (external link)
So the best solution would be to export my keepers in dng format to my backup drive?

Why would you want to do that? Your backup should be in the same format as originally created by your camera.

My workflow is to download my files to my hard drive, cull the unwanted photos and rename the keepers. The keepers are then copied to a backup drive and then finally imported into Lightroom using the Add function (unlike the Copy or Move options, the ability to "make a second copy" when using the Add function is disabled).

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Jan 13, 2013 19:38 as a reply to  @ PixelMagic's post |  #8

When I import to LR from my camera I input as DNG.




  
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Jan 13, 2013 21:17 |  #9

jeljohns wrote in post #15484493 (external link)
When I import to LR from my camera I input as DNG.

What's your reason for doing that?


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Jan 13, 2013 21:19 |  #10

I read that was the way to do it because DNG is more universal than individual camera raw formats.




  
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Jan 13, 2013 22:21 |  #11

How many camera brands/models do you shoot with or have in your catalog? Don't get me wrong, especially since I use a DNG workflow but it appears that many reflexively use DNG without any real justification for doing so. And I certainly wouldn't backup my files as DNG and not save the CR2.


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Jan 14, 2013 10:43 |  #12

tzalman wrote in post #15484214 (external link)
An opinion that I've read frequently from an assortment of LR gurus is that the Import dialog "backup" facility is intended to be a temporary safety net only and the recommendation is to delete it after you have made a final backup of only the keepers.

+1

I use the LR import backup as my safety net, on a drive completely seperate from my final photo archive. Every 6 months or so I go into the "safety net" backup and delete all the old stuff.


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