3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2012 11:20 PM by Terence Devlin
MertShu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible for me to export only a portion of my iPhoto library to an external hard drive?  I need to make more space on my MacBook Pro but would like to maintain my more recent photos on my laptop.  I've read and watched tutorials on how to export the entire library, but would like some help, if possible, in keeping a portion of the photos on the computer. 


Thank you!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Exporting portion of iPhoto to external hard drive
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    It probably is possible.


    IMHO I think that solution will open you up to more problems then it solves.


    You would manually have to split the library in two then move one to the external disk.


    The two libraries would be totally seperate. You would continually have to makse sure that you are using the correct library at all time.


    Any movement of photos between the libraries in the future would also have to be done manually.


    My suggestions are either move it completely to the external drive or get a larger drive for you MBP.



  • 2. Re: Exporting portion of iPhoto to external hard drive
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    iPhoto Library Manager -http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ - can split libraries. If you go with the multiple library decision it will be extremely helpful in managing them



  • 3. Re: Exporting portion of iPhoto to external hard drive
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,820 points)

    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