Hi All - I’d love some advice on backing up my photo library that is currently on iCloud Photo Library. My MacBook Pro SSD is unfortunately too small to hold all my originals, and because it is a laptop it is neither always on nor always plugged in. I’ve read a lot of the other posts on the forums here (for example here). But there are some conflicting pieces of advice, so I wanted to follow up.
My first idea was to get a Synology and move my photo library to the Synology, but Apple’s KB on the topic seems to discourage that idea. So the next idea was to attach an external drive to my laptop, move my photo library to an external drive, set that library to be the “System Library,” and turn on “Download Originals” to that drive. But that led to several questions:
- Some people on the MPU Forums have said that iCloud Photo Library only works on a local drive, does that include an external drive physically attached to the computer?
- As long as I don’t open the Photos app on the laptop when the drive isn’t connected, are there any issues with storing the Photo library on an external drive?
- If I only connect the laptop to the external drive every few weeks, is that going to create issues with syncing?
It’s clear to me that the easiest (and most expensive) approach would be to have a Mac mini or other desktop Mac, attach external storage to that Mac, and have the originals stored there. I’m not opposed to that option, but I’d ideally like to find a fairly robust way to backup my photos without needing to buy a whole new Mac…
Thanks for the help!