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The RAW images in Time Capsule can't be opened Preview

Is the Apple Time Capsule a good place to save my RAW photos? I use my 2TB TC to back up both my iMac and my MacBook Pro. I tried to copy all of the Raw images to TC, but now I'm receiving an error message that says Preview can't be opened, therefore I can't open the file. -36. A file opens if I copy it to my desktop and then try to open it. I am concerned that I will lose every file. I've got about 100 GB of raw files.

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

As Apple suggests, you'd better use the Time Machine drive, the Time Capsule in your case, only for Time Machine backup, not for storage of other things.

It seems that you won't lose those RAW images copied to the Time Capsule. Although the Preview can't open the image directly from the Time Capsule, it works when you move it to the Mac desktop. Therefore, your RAW images should be intact. To avoid potential data loss, you should copy the RAW images from the Time Capsule to another external hard drive.

To answer your question: "Is it a good way to back up my photos to the iCloud photo library," you should make it clear that iCloud photo library is not a backup service, it syncs the photos across your Apple devices with the same Apple ID logged in and iCloud Photos enabled on. It is recommended to back up your important files to a physical driver and to the cloud storage so that you can recover your data when one way fails.


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