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Keeping photos on a NAS.

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Ayabara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 1, 2012 5:17 AM

I have a NAS from Synology that I use for Time Machine backups. I have moved my music there as well, and use the iTunes Media Server feature. Photos are next. Should it be possible to keep the photos (originals and edits) on the NAS? I have not allowed iPhoto to move the photos when I added them, so could I maybe just move the folder onto the NAS, and tell iPhoto about the new location?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 9:21 AM (in response to Ayabara)

    What is the format of the MAS drive? You may have a number of problems


    1 - I believe that Time Machine requires a drive formatted for Mac OS  - I would check on the Time Machine forum and verify that you are not doing something that will be a problem



    Note: Every available drive that can be used to store backups is listed. If you’ve partitioned a drive, the available partitions are listed. Time Machine can’t backup to an external drive that's connected to an AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule, or a drive formatted for Microsoft Windows (NTFS or FAT format).  If you select an NTFS or FAT-formatted drive, Time Machine prompts you to reformat the drive. Choose a different drive or reformat the drive in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. Because reformatting erases any files on the drive, only do this if you no longer need the files or if you have copies of them on a different drive.

    The most common format for a Time Machine backup drive is Mac OS Extended format, but Time Machine also supports Mac OS Extended (Case sensitive, Journaled) and XSan formats.

    If the drive is partitioned using the Master Boot Record (MBR) partition type, some partitions may not be available for use with Time Machine. The GUID Partition Table (GPT) or Apple Partition Map (APM) partition types are recommended.

    Time Machine works best if you use your backup drive only for Time Machine backups. If you keep files on your backup drive, Time Machine won’t backup those files and the space available for Time Machine backups will be reduced.




    2 . the iPhoto library must be on a volume formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) - it will not work on other formats


    3 - You appearently have a referenced library (The iPhoto advanced preference to "copy imported items to the iPhoto library" has been unchecked) which is strongly NOT recommended. When you use a referenced library iPhoto points ti the origninal photos rather than copying - if you change the location of the original you break this link and there is no easy way to fix the broken links - one of many reasons that a referenced library is not recommended


    if you have a properly formatted external drive moving the iPhoto library is safe and simple - quit iPhoto and drag the iPhoto library 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




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 11:44 AM (in response to Ayabara)

    1. You can't put an iPhoto Library on a GAS.


    2. As you're running a Referenced Library:


    I have not allowed iPhoto to move the photos when I added them,


    Then if you move th folder containng the photos to a new volme you'll need to reconnect the images wiht the library... one by one.


    3. Also, running a Library with the database on one disk and the images on another is not a good idea. For more see



    If you want to work in that set up you need to use Aperture.






  • gspence1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2013 8:19 PM (in response to Ayabara)

    I came here from a search where I was trying to find out if I could create a partition on my Synology that could be formatted as journaled so I could store iMovie clips on it.  But your last response answered a different question which I wanted to thank you for!  I switched from Aperture to Lightroom several months back and have also switched to taking all my photos in RAW format.  All my photos are stored on the Synology but now I'm stuck with the problem of not being able to view/share them with other devices or applications because they can't read RAW.  I was happy to read you are doing something similar and it confirmed that maybe setting up an auto-export was the way to go.  It'll duplicate storage but I have 14TB of space, so thats not really an issue.  I'd love to chat with you sometime about the rest of your setup and find out what other issues you've come across and tackled.  It's always interesting to hear how other people are organzing all of their digital files and the fact that you are using a Synology makes it even more relevant to my situations.


    Take care!



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