Mac photo backup to jump drive
December 30, 2009 7:51 PM   Subscribe

I have a low end MacBook with Tiger OS. I have some 2500 photos that I want to back up on a flash/jump drive. I can't seem to do it. I can back up to a disk but not the jump drive. The jump drive is a Kingston and is supposed to work with Macs.
posted by psc1860 to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This question really isn't answerable without more information. What happens when you try to back up the files?
posted by ripley_ at 7:52 PM on December 30, 2009

Also, when you say "back up", are you just copying the files using the Finder or are you using some back up software to do it?
posted by ripley_ at 7:53 PM on December 30, 2009

Does the Kingston appear in the "Devices" section of the Finder sidebar? If so, try erasing it using Disk Utility and formatting it as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled), or FAT-32 if you want to use it on Windows and Mac OS X both. If the jump drive does not appear in the sidebar, does it work with other computers?
posted by tepidmonkey at 8:03 PM on December 30, 2009 [1 favorite]

I'm inclined to think that the flash drive is formatted as FAT-32 and is preventing you from putting that many files in the same directory. You should be able to use disk utility to format it as Mac OS Extended and get all your files on there if it's big enough.
posted by advicepig at 9:13 PM on December 30, 2009

I'm inclined to think psc1860 is using iPhoto and trying to "backup" through the Share/Burn feature, since that is how older versions of iPhoto nudge you to back up. If this is the case, I recommend backing up the ~/Pictures/iPhoto Library by doing the following:

Quit iPhoto.

Locate your external hard drive (or flash drive) on the desktop or Finder sidebar.

Drag the iPhoto Library folder to your external flash drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items. (HERE is a photo depicting what this should look similar to... just pretend that the iTunes folder says iPhoto instead)

When the transfer is complete, your iPhoto Library will have been successfully copied to your external flash drive.
posted by hummercash at 10:04 PM on December 30, 2009

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