Back Up Your Catalog Manager in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Back Up Your Catalog Manager in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

When organizing your files, adding keyword tags, creating albums, and creating stacks and version sets, you want to back up the catalog file in case it becomes corrupted. Fortunately, backing up catalogs is available to both Windows and Macintosh users; however, backing up to a CD or DVD from within Elements is only available on Windows.

Here’s how you can use Elements to create a backup of your data log:

1Choose File→Backup Catalog to CD, DVD or Hard Drive (Windows) or File→Backup Catalog to Hard Drive (Macintosh) to open the Backup Catalog Wizard.

This wizard has three panes that Elements walks you through to painlessly create a backup of your files.

2Select the source to back up.

The first pane in the Backup Catalog to CD, DVD or Hard Drive wizard offers two options: Full Backup, which enables you to perform your first backup or write files to a new media source, and Incremental Backup, which enables you to update backed-up files.

3Click Next and select a target location for your backed-up files.

Active drives, including CD/DVD drives (on Windows) attached to your computer, appear in the Select Destination Drive list. Select a drive, and Elements automatically assesses the write speed and identifies a previous backup file if one was created. The total size of the files to copy is reported in the wizard.

This information is helpful so that you know whether more than one CD or DVD is needed to complete the backup (on Windows) or a backup drive has enough space to complete the backup.

4If you intend to copy files to your hard drive or to another hard drive attached to your computer, click the Browse button and identify the path.

If you use a media source, such as a CD or DVD (Windows only), Elements prompts you to insert a disc and readies the media for writing.

5Click Done, and the backup commences.

Be certain to not interrupt the backup. It might take some time, so just let Elements work away until you’re notified that the backup is complete.