Further to the Time/Machine backup issue, Inside Aperture viewer Bill Cheeseman is on top of this issue for us, commenting on my last post about new information that Apple has posted.
You no doubt saw the warning that “Running Time Machine backup or restore operations while Aperture is running may lead to inconsistencies in the Aperture database.”
The fix was quite simple and just before writing this, I dedicated an empty hard drive as my Time Machine Backup Drive and excluded my Aperture Libraries. Apple suggests you keep this disc only for Time Machine backups and nothing else.
It was very easy following Apple’s directions for excluding Aperture Libraries from automatic back ups. I simply followed Apple’s updated instructions.
“If you use Time Machine with Leopard, be sure to set Time Machine to exclude the Aperture Library from automatic backups. To do so:
1. Open Time Machine.
2. Click the Options button.
3. Click the “+” button in the Do not back up window.
4. Use the resulting file browser to navigate to the location of your Aperture Library. The default location is ~/Pictures/Aperture Library (where “~” represents your home folder).
5. Click the Exclude button.
6. Click the Done button.
Note that this means that your Aperture Library will not be backed up by Time Machine. Be sure to manually back up your Aperture Library.”
If you have any external Hard Drives plugged in, they should automatically be listed in the “Do Not Back Up” window. However, I have two drives inside my G5 Tower, one with my system on it that I want backed up, and a larger drive with Aperture libraries that i don’t.
Your external hard drives that are plugged in and the Time Machine disc itself should also show up along with the Aperture Library you have chosen not to backup.
So I hit the + button again, and navigated to my second internal drive and excluded that drive as well from Time Machine backups.
Once you’ve set up your disc for Time Machine, when you click on the icon in your dock, (if it’s not there, check your Applications Folder) your screen takes you on a very cool journey into a deep space desktop, where you can go back in time to restore lost information easily. It’s a very cool interface. Just press escape to get back to where you started.
I’m still using managed Aperture libraries on external hard drives with vaults, a simple backup solution that works well.
But I like the idea of having my entire library of referenced images with high quality previews with me on the road and I’m thinking of going the referenced route. But with referenced libraries, I will have to have my own backup workflow instead of letting Vaults do all the work.
I hear good things about certain backup software like Chrono Sync, but I would love to renew the discussion on how you backup your Aperture Libraries in light of this Leopard/Time Machine issue. Post your comments here.