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How to Keep your FTM Source Tree Media Folder Backed Up in the Cloud

While your TreeVault® Antenna tree contains a continuously updated copy of all your FTM Source tree’s data which you can use to restore the tree in case of emergency, it does not contain the Source tree’s media. Therefore, to insure against unlikely but possible catastrophes such as major hard drive failure, it’s best to keep a copy of your Source tree’s media folder backed up separately away from your computer.

One of the most convenient and reliable ways to do that is to use an external file hosting service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud, many of which are free up to certain storage limits.

Before you start, you should make sure you know the name and location of your Source tree’s media folder on your computer. The folder is named <Tree Name> Media (so, for example, if your tree is named “Johnson Family”, its media folder will be called Johnson Family Media) and it is usually located here: Users/Username/Documents/Family Tree Maker.

Important: It's possible that some or all of your Source tree's media files are not stored directly in the tree's media folder but are just linked to the tree from different locations on your computer. Therefore, you should also make sure that copies of all the media files used in the tree are gathered together in the media folder. You can do that with the help of the Find Missing Media tool. Click one of the following links to learn how to use it:

The particular file hosting service you use is completely up to you, but for your convenience, a few of the most popular ones are listed below together with links to instructions on how to set up the automatic backup of selected folders.

File hosting sites
Dropbox — click here to get instructions on uploading files.
Google Drive — click here to get instructions on setting up folder backup.
OneDrive — click here to get instructions on setting up folder backup.
iCloud — click here.

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