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Save iPhoto albums outside of program?

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Nov 21, 2012 4:36 PM

Hi! My iPhoto program is overflowing with pictures, and I need to figure out a way to secure my albums.  I have all of the individual pics backed up on my external, but in the files they aren't saved in albums or in the order I arranged them in iPhoto.  Is there any way to do this? I've tried dragging albums onto my desktop, and it won't work. I've also double-checked my files, and can't find anything other than "Modified" and "Originals" on my HD under iPhoto. It's really important to me that they stay organized.

Thanks!

C

iPhoto '08, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:43 PM (in response to cbaillustration)

    To do this you back up your iPhoto Library. Albums only exist in your iPhoto Library database.

     

    Most Simple Back Up

     

    Drag the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to another Disk. This will make a copy on that disk.

     

    Slightly more complex:

     

    Use an app that will do incremental back ups. This is a very good way to work. The first time you run the back up the app will make a complete copy of the Library. Thereafter it will update the back up with the changes you have made. That makes subsequent back ups much faster. Many of these apps also have scheduling capabilities: So set it up and it will do the back up automatically. Examples of such apps: Chronosync or DejaVu . But are many others. Search on MacUpdate

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:20 PM (in response to cbaillustration)

    Nope - the iPhoto library - it is a SQLite database - the albums are not physical things but simply entries in the iPhoto library

     

    As to crashing - then you have a problem you need to solve - post the first 50 lines of the crash report

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 10:57 PM (in response to cbaillustration)

    With iPhoto 08 you can have 250,000 images in any one library.

     

    What happens exactly when the app crashes?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 11:12 PM (in response to cbaillustration)

    Could the number of photos be the problem? I have... A lot, to understate.

     

     

    Sure - since you do not tell us how many photos you have and we are not mind readers we have no idea  ==  iPhoto '08 can handle 250,000 photos - do your have more than that?

     

     

    When you have a crash what happens?

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:04 AM (in response to cbaillustration)

    Back up your iPhoto library, Depress the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library

     

    LN

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