I am a long time user of Photoshop Elements, especially its Organizer to help me manage my very large Catalog of photos and videos. This use includes relying solely on its Backup/Restore commands to protect both my pictures and my Catalog file.
Recently I have begun to also use Carbonite as part of my overall backup process. I am still learning about this popular program for backing up your computer files to the Cloud.
After my system completed its initial Carbonite backup (two months in my case due to the extremely large number of files and requires storage space) I discovered that after all of that, it had not backed up my Photoshop Elements Catalog file.
Files that Carbonite has backed up and will keep current have a very tiny green circle in the lower right corner of their file name when viewed with Windows Explorer. Here is what you do to verfy that your Catalog file has been backed up.
Within in the Organizer, click on Help > System Info.
In the dialog box that opens, the Current Catalog section shows the filename of your Catalog and the path to it. Note it leaves off the file extension which is .pse12db if you are using PSE 12. The 12 is the PSE version number.
- Using Windows explorer, navigate to the Catalog file and verify it has a tiny green dot in its lower left hand corner.
- If it does not, right click on the file, select Carbonite > Back up this file as soon as possible.
Now the next time Carbonite syncs your backup, the Catalog file will be backed up.
As it turns not, for a variety of reasons, my Catalog is not stored in the default location. That could by why it was not backed up during the initial Carbonite backup of my system.
If you like many of my students do rely on Carbonite or a similar cloud-based or local automatic backup program, make sure your PSE Catalog is part of that backup. If it is not, add it manually. Otherwise all of your tagging, captions, and other information that you have added in the Organizer will not be backed up.