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    "Make a back up copy" vs Drag-n-Drop family file

    In reading about backups, I see there are a few methods described. Notably,
    o Within Reunion, use File; Save a backup copy" AND
    o Close Reunion and drag the family file to an external drive.

    I understand the need to have multiple backups in separate places, but I guess my question is whether these two methods create different files needed for different reasons? If the family file is not changed between creating the backup within Reunion and closing the program and dragging the family file to the external drive, is there a difference between the two? Could I just use the "Save a backup copy", then drag that backup copy to an external drive?

    2. When I create a backup from within Reunion does that contain all the media files (copies of docs and sourcing etc,) integrated in the family file? Or do they have to be backed up/saved elsewhere?

    3. It looks like if I choose NOT to include thumbnails when creating the backup, it will rebuild them anyway when the file is first opened, so what is the reason to check or uncheck that box?

    I'm not sure these questions makes sense....?

    Thanks, Pat

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    Re: "Make a back up copy" vs Drag-n-Drop family file

    Originally posted by Pat Metzler View Post
    In reading about backups, I see there are a few methods described. Notably,
    o Within Reunion, use File; Save a backup copy" AND
    o Close Reunion and drag the family file to an external drive.

    I understand the need to have multiple backups in separate places, but I guess my question is whether these two methods create different files needed for different reasons?
    The files may be slightly different sizes (the "backup copy" one may be smaller), but practically speaking there's no other differences you should be concerned about. They're interchangable; there's no instance in which you'd need one and not the other.

    Originally posted by Pat Metzler View Post
    If the family file is not changed between creating the backup within Reunion and closing the program and dragging the family file to the external drive, is there a difference between the two? Could I just use the "Save a backup copy", then drag that backup copy to an external drive?
    There may be a size difference, but that doesn't much matter. Yes, you can drag a backup copy anywhere you'd like to keep it.

    Originally posted by Pat Metzler View Post
    2. When I create a backup from within Reunion does that contain all the media files (copies of docs and sourcing etc,) integrated in the family file? Or do they have to be backed up/saved elsewhere?
    Reunion family files don't *contain* your media files. They have links to your media files, which are stored elsewhere on your disk drive. You need to back up your media files separately.

    That's why it's convenient to store them in one folder that can be zipped and stored elsewhere as a backup. That's not the only way to do it, but it is the easiest.

    Originally posted by Pat Metzler View Post
    3. It looks like if I choose NOT to include thumbnails when creating the backup, it will rebuild them anyway when the file is first opened, so what is the reason to check or uncheck that box?
    Not storing the thumbnails saves a lot of space in the family file. It will be much smaller.
    Storing the thumbnails saves a lot of time if you ever have to reopen the backup.

    So there are advantages to saving thumbnails, and to not saving thumbnails, in backup files. You have to decide which is more important to you, space or time.
    Dennis J. Cunniff
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