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iPhoto and back up

by karthij / December 5, 2010 11:24 PM PST

Hello all,

REcently i transferred some 'Events' from the iphoto '08 library to an external hard drive. I got directions to do this from another mac-help site.

I did the following:
1. connect external hard drive to MBP
2. GO to User>Pictures>iPhoto Library, Right Click, select 'SHow Package COntents>Originals, select 2010>Event TG
3. THen I dragged the event TG to the connected External Hard drive.

After disconnecting the Ext.Hard drive, I opened iPhoto and directly went to event TG. It showed all thumbnails but when I click on one photo...a 'Black Exclamation mark' comes up instead of the pic.

Did I do something wrong while transferring? How can I transfer pics as a back up to an external hard drive while still retaining them on my MBP?

ANy advice.

I did look up for similar topics on this forum but cudnt find the solution, hence this thread.



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Put that folder back and see if there is a difference
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 5:05 AM PST
In reply to: iPhoto and back up

if there is, repeat the process but hold down the "Option" key when you drag the folder to the external.
This ensures that the file is copied and not moved


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Thanks and more..
by karthij / December 7, 2010 12:17 AM PST

THanks for the reply, will surely do it, havent got a chance yet.

WHile still at backup, i thought I might bring up the next Qs too.

REcently got a new MBP which came with the iPhoto 11 (or iLife 11, confused with the numbers!)

Its the latest iLife. Did the iPhoto update to 9.1. Transferred the pics from ext hard drive to 'User>Pics>iphoto Library-Show package contents>Originals>Folder 2010.

THen opened iPhoto. When events are clicked, the Thumbnails are shown but when the thumbnail is clicked the black exclamation mark returns.

I looked up on Apple's Discussion forum and some had suggested 'Hold down Option and open iPhoto, that gave a option about building a new library, etc'. Followed that protocol but still the black exclamation mark comes up in place of the pic.

ANy idea how do I fix this issue with iPhoto 11 (9.1)


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The new iPhoto is 9.1 and is contained in iLife 11
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 7, 2010 8:54 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks and more..

moving bits and pieces out of the iPhoto Library is, as you have discovered, fraught with danger.
iPhoto stores things where it needs them and when you move them around the result is chaos.

I don't think it is an iPhoto 9.1 problem so much as a user caused problem.

Let's get everything back into the iPhoto library and start over with this.

Just a guess, but did you drag the events from iPhoto itself onto the external or did you dig into the library folders to find the events?
I'm guessing the latter as dragging the events from the iPhoto app onto the external would have resulted in copies being created on the external.


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by karthij / December 7, 2010 10:27 PM PST

Your guess is right, mrmacfixit, I did go to the User>Pictures>RIght click 'iPhoto Library'......and drag Folder 2010 to the ext.hard drive.

Now, realized that that was a wrong way to do it. How do I get them back to their original place?



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Theoretically, you just do the reverse
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 8, 2010 3:28 AM PST
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and put it back into place again.


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