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freyjens Calculating status...
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Nov 11, 2010 8:06 PM
How do I move photos from library to external hard drive to free up space?
macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Nov 11, 2010 8:37 PM (in response to freyjens)
    You do not - you move the entire library - Moving the iPhoto library is safe and simple - quit iPhoto and drag it intact as a single entity to the external drive - depress the option key and launch iPhoto using the "select library" option to point to the new location on the external drive - fully test it and then trash the old library on the internal drive (test one more time prior to emptying the trash)

    And be sure that the External drive is formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) (iPhoto does not work with drives with other formats) and that it is always available prior to launching iPhoto

    And backup soon and often - having your iPhoto library on an external drive is not a backup and if you are using Time Machine you need to check and be sure that TM is backing up your external drive

    LN
    3.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhoto 8.0.2, 750 GB OWC EHD, Sony DSC-W150 camera, ATP PhotoFinder Mini GPS
  • Spartan_92 Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2010 5:30 AM (in response to LarryHN)
    I am having the same issue. I have 500GB of pictures and am out of HD space. I bought an external drive and would like to have my library default to the external. The previous reply was very good, but I am unclear on exactly what I am moving to the external drive. Am I just Copying the library to the external? When I connect my camera in the future will it be saving the files to the external drive?

    I very much appreciate any help.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 5:43 AM (in response to Spartan_92)
    Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

    1. Quit iPhoto

    2. Copy the *iPhoto Library* from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.

    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.

    From this point on, when you import pics to the Library they will be sent to the Library on the external.

    4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 6:31 AM (in response to Spartan_92)
    I am unclear on exactly what I am moving to the external drive. Am I just Copying the library to the external?


    Yes - the pronoun "it" refers to the previous noun "iPhoto Library"

    Moving the iPhoto library is safe and simple - quit iPhoto and drag it intact as a single entity to the external drive


    When I connect my camera in the future will it be saving the files to the external drive?


    Yes - if you have followed the instructions and

    depress the option key and launch iPhoto using the "select library" option to point to the new location on the external drive


    LN
    3.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhoto 8.0.2, 750 GB OWC EHD, Sony DSC-W150 camera, ATP PhotoFinder Mini GPS
  • Spartan_92 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 6:35 AM (in response to LarryHN)
    Thanks for the help, LN. I'm new to the Mac world and just did not want to do anything to screw up my pictures. I had to do something - everything was really slowing down and I was out of room anyway.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Spartan_92 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 6:38 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Thanks TD. How do I determine if the Drive is OS Extended? It is a WD My Book for MAC.
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 6:44 AM (in response to Spartan_92)
    Select the Drive in the Finder and go File -> Get Info:

    Radio Nowhere Info
    Regards

    TDg
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 7:03 AM (in response to Spartan_92)
    You MUST have a minimum of 10 GB of disk space on your boot drive for the OS to work - plus some applications need more - a good rule of thumb is to keep 20% to 25% of the drive free

    LN
    3.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhoto 8.0.2, 750 GB OWC EHD, Sony DSC-W150 camera, ATP PhotoFinder Mini GPS
  • Spartan_92 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 7:09 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Excellent! Thank you very much. Looks as if I am all set. Really appreciate the help today. Now I guess I have to get back to some real work.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • the4bears Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2010 2:49 PM (in response to freyjens)
    this thread is actually what I need. my iphoto is so full and it was so much easier on our old pc to just drag and drop photo folders onto the external hard drive. arg.

    we bought a Seagate Expansion external drive to export all our photos to. but it's not "formatted Mac OS extended (journaled)," whatever that means - it is Windows NT File System (NTFS). so can i reformat the Seagate or do we need to buy something that already works w/a mac??

    furthermore, i don't understand how you would "

    2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.

    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.

    "

    can you still help me?

    EKB
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 3:11 PM (in response to the4bears)
    so can i reformat the Seagate or do we need to buy something that already works w/a mac??


    You can reformat the drive with Disk Utility in your Mac.

    2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.


    Drag the Library icon in your Pictures Folder to the external

    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location.


    I don't know what to say except

    a: Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto - as in, hold the option (or alt) key and click on iPhoto in the Dock.

    this will give you a menu to choose your Library:

    b: via that menu, point iPhoto at the Library you moved to the external.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • hillie30 Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2010 4:44 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Hello
    Will reformatting my external hard drive alter any of the pics ,folders etc already there?
    Also, a less important question- how can I rename my external hd (at the moment it refuses to be anything but 'Untitled')

    many thanks
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 5:57 AM (in response to hillie30)
    Will reformatting my external hard drive alter any of the pics ,folders etc already there?


    It will erase them so *back up before reformatting*

    how can I rename my external hd (at the moment it refuses to be anything but 'Untitled')


    You can do this in Disk Utility when you reformat the drive

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • hillie30 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 8:08 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    many thanks- thank goodness I asked first!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
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