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How to transfer iphoto contents to external HD

by danpogo / July 30, 2009 1:20 AM PDT

My G5 is completely full. Can I transfer my iphoto contents to an external HD? Using Time Machine won't help because it only backs up my photos so I can't add more to my iphoto library.

Or, is there a way to make iphoto an external HD application so the photos are only stored ion the external HD?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 30, 2009 2:44 AM PDT

This is relatively easy.

Close iPhoto.

Simply copy your entire iPhoto library to your external HD. Note that you are not going to just move them. If anything goes wrong during the copy, you still have the originals.

Once you have copied the library over to the external, hold down the option key and launch iPhoto. You will get a splash screen that asks what iPhoto library you want to use.
Choose "Other Library" and navigate to the external and the iPhoto Library. Choose it and that is all you have to do.
From now on, iPhoto will open using that Library.

Once you are satisfied that all your pictures are on the external, you can safely delete the other iPhoto Library.
Remember to add the external to your Time Machine backup routine, otherwise you could lose the lot if the external crashes.

Hope that helps


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by danpogo / July 30, 2009 3:30 AM PDT
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Awesome. Thank so much!

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One more question
by danpogo / July 30, 2009 3:42 AM PDT
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Should I load iphoto to the external HD first or will the files simply write there?

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iPhoto stays exactly where it is now,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 30, 2009 9:24 AM PDT
In reply to: One more question

only the pictures database needs to move to the external.

Any pictures that you add to the library will go to the external as that is where the default Library is.


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