How to Backup & Restore iPhoto

By Jason Taetsch

Backup your iPhoto application to ensure your valuable digital photos will not be lost if your hard drive crashes or your Mac suddenly stops working. The iPhoto software is included in every edition of the Mac OS X operating system and serves as a photo organizer and uploader for various digital cameras. Use an external hard drive to create a Time Machine back up of your entire Mac hard drive. You can then use the Time Machine backup to restore iPhoto, or any other program on your computer to its original location.

Things You'll Need

  • External Hard Drive

Backup iPhoto

Step 1

Connect the cable from the external hard drive into one of the open USB ports on your Mac. For Mac laptops, the ports are located along the side of the computer's body. For desktops, the ports are found on both the front and back of the tower.

Step 2

Click "Use as backup disk" in the "Time Machine" message that appears once the hard drive is detected.

Step 3

Click the "Options" button to adjust which files will be included on the backup. By default, all of the software and personal files will be included in the backup.

Restore iPhoto

Step 1

Connect the external hard drive that stores the Time Machine backup files for your Mac.

Step 2

Click the "Time Machine" icon from the dock. The "Time Machine" interface will appear on the screen.

Step 3

Click the "Spotlight Search" field and type "iPhoto" into the search box. Time Machine will display the backup for the iPhoto application. Click the "iPhoto" folder and click the "Restore" button to restore iPhoto to your hard drive.