If you’re like 97% of the photographers who read this blog, you are involved in digital photography. And that means you have to consider backing up your digital photo library. You do have a backup don’t you? If not, stop reading right now and go make at least one back up and then come back to the blog.
Assuming you understand how important it is to backup your digital photos, you might have access to a backup drive you hadn’t counted on – your iPod.
That’s right, the iPod makes a wonderful backup device. If you have a large enough iPod (The new iPod Classic from Apple offers up to 160 Gigs of storage) and if you have a small enough photo library, your iPod (in a pinch) can make a wonderful emergency backup device.
Back when I photographed weddings, I carried my iPod with me and transferred images from the CF cards to my laptop and then from the laptop to the iPod. I carried the CF cards and the iPod in my pocket during the wedding and left the laptop in the trunk. That way I always had the wedding stored in at least two locations.
This is easy to do.
1. Connect iPod to your computer.
2. Open iTunes if it doesn’t automatically open.
3. Select the iPod icon in the Source pane.
4. Click the Summary tab.
5. For most iPod models (except iPod shuffle):
Select “Enable disk use” or “Manually manage songs and playlists”. Either one will allow you to use iPod as a drive. If you select “Manually manage songs and playlists”, iTunes won’t automatically update iPod with the iTunes library. If you want iTunes to automatically update your iPod, select “Enable disk use” instead.
For iPod shuffle:
Click the “Enable disk use” checkbox and set the Storage Allocation slider to indicate the amount you want to be used by audio files and the amount you want to be used for data files.
6. The iPod disk icon appears on the desktop and in Finder windows, and in My Computer/Computer in Windows. Double-click the icon and drag files to or from iPod’s window to copy them.
7. Make sure to eject iPod before disconnecting it from your computer. Tip: The iPod display will say “Do Not Disconnect” when disk use is enabled (iPod shuffle’s status light will continue to blink orange until after it is ejected). These are reminders for you to eject iPod first.
Once you can see the iPod as a drive, just copy photos to it like you would any other drive. As long as you have enough free disk space on your iPod you’re good to go. You can pull photos off the drive by reversing the process.
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