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can i move my iphoto & imovie  libarys?

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can i move my iphoto & imovies libarys on to a external harddrive? i want to be able to edit my movies and photos on an external drive. how would i do this? if i do this can i view these movies on a pc with the external drive?



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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 21, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to Intructions)



    This is our resident iPhoto guru, Terence Devlin's, advice:


    You can move your iPhoto Library to an external disk:


    1. Quit iPhoto


    2. Copy the iPhoto Library Folder as an entity 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.


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


    Our iTunes guru Terence Devlin advises the following:


    1. Quit iTunes

    2. Drag the iTunes folder from your internal hd - located in ~/Music folder - to your external hd. DO NOT delete the original one from your internal hd... yet!

    3. When the transfer is complete, press and hold the Option(alt) key and fire up iTunes.

    4. A "Choose iTunes Library" window will come up. Click on the "Choose Library" button.

    5. Navigate to where the iTunes folder is located in the external hd.

    6. Within the iTunes folder, select the iTunes Library file and click Choose...


    That's it. iTunes will now display all your playlists, songs, movies, podcasts etc. At this point, should you wish, you can delete the iTunes folder from the internal hd to free up space.


    More info:




    Or if you prefer a more complicated explanation:


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    Apr 22, 2012 12:44 AM (in response to Intructions)

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