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187 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2012 8:54 AM by Eli64 RSS
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Sep 22, 2012 1:56 AM

Hi, I would like to permanantly remove images and events to store them in an external hard disk drive in order to lighten up the memory used by iphoto. It takes so long to sift through events etc. it becomes overwhelming. Simply exporting doesn't work. Do I have to export and delete? Should I burn disks? Could someone please share suggestions in managing this library.

Thank you! Eli

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 1:58 AM (in response to Eli64)

    Once you've sucessfully exported them and properly backed them up (did you back up your back up?), you will need to delete them out of iPhoto.  In the future if you need them you can re-add those back ups.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 2:08 AM (in response to Eli64)

    Here's one way to do what you want:


    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.


    Now you have two full versions of the Library.


    3. On the Internal library, trash the Events you don't want there


    Now you have a full copy of the Library on the External and a smaller subset on the Internal


    Some Notes:


    As a general rule: when deleting photos do them in batches of about 100 at a time. iPhoto can baulk at trashing large numbers at one go.


    You can choose which Library to open: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'


    You can keep the Library on the external updated with new imports using iPhoto Library Manager


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