Backing Up Photos

Photo Backup Options

We all love to take pictures, and with smartphones in our pockets, it’s easier than ever to amass a large collection of both personal and professional images.  But image files also take up a lot of space on your laptop’s hard drive.  Consider backing up your photo collection often, and then deleting images from your laptop to clear up more space.


Consider also making a personal Gmail account if you don't already have one.  Blake faculty and staff will find it easier to keep personal photos and school photos separate, and if you leave Blake you'll have an account all ready to go.

Below are several options for backing up your photos.


Google Photos

  1. Go to for an intro to Google Photos.

  2. You already have a Google Photos account with your Blake Gmail account (along with Google calendar, Google drive, Blogger, etc.).  You can access Google Photos from Gmail’s grid in the upper righthand corner of your email screen:

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  1. Google Photos accessed via a Google Apps for Education account (ie., your Blake account rather a personal Gmail account) lets you store unlimited images.  Photos automatically import organized by date taken, but you can reorganize and create albums or collections based on your personal preferences.  

  2. Google Photos also offers a Desktop Uploader (you’ll see an option to download it the first time you upload photos to) that provides automatic uploads of new photos in your Photo Library to Google Photos.  You can also add an app to your iPad that will do the same.  

  3. Blake ISS will support Google Photos, so stop by your division tech center with questions, problems, etc. You can also see Google Photos Backup


Backup Photos with an External Hard Drive

  1. Drag and drop your iPhoto or Photos Library to an external hard drive.  

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  1. After you’ve backed up, you can clear up space on your laptop’s hard drive.  You can get a fresh start by deleting your entire iPhoto or Photos Library from the Pictures folder (see image above), or you can delete individual photos or albums.  

  2. Make sure to periodically empty the iPhoto or Photos trash to ensure that your deleted photos are no longer taking up space on your hard drive (they won’t be truly gone until you empty the iPhoto or Photos trash).

 Remember:  Image files take up a lot of hard drive space!  Of course you want to keep your vacation photos, but if you don’t look at them everyday, consider backing them up using any of the options listed above, and then deleting the files from your laptop.


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