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mckristof Calculating status...
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Dec 23, 2012 10:58 AM

before i get bashed by everyone, i have searched the discussion forms for my particular issue and cannot find it anywhere.

 

like many of you, i want to move my iphoto library to an external library. i have 20k pictures in travel alone, and it's taking a toll on my small 500gb internal hard drive. i have read many people's posts on how to move the library, and i'm ok there, but i have another add-on question.

 

i see that many people use iphoto directly to import their photos onto their computer. i on the other hand use image capture, and copy them into folders in my pictures folder based on dates. for instance, christmas 2012 would have a root folder as pictures, followed by 2012, and the pictures would be contained in the folder 12-25-12 christmas. then, if i choose to add that folder to iphoto, i import the photos. however, many albums have photos from different cameras, thus, i took loads of time to reorder the pictures chronologically.

 

my question is this: if i move my library to an external, followed by all my pictures to that same external, will i lose the specific ordering of the photos in these albums?

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:09 AM (in response to mckristof)

    If you're moving your iPhoto Library file and anything else in the exact same folder structure over, you shouldn't have any problem. With iPhoto closed, best copy first and try: once all is on the other drive, double click the iPhoto Library file on the external drive, iPhoto will open then with that new library as default.

    You could then delete the old stuff from the internal drive.

     

    Hint:

    Why not maintain multiple iPhoto lLibrary files with photos/events/albums by year or theme or whatever fits your needs? Again, you can open them by double-clicking them in Finder (or aliases e.g. on the desktop), or use the app iPhoto Buddy. Hold the Option key when launching iPhoto to create empty new libraries. Or just copy a big one, then delete photos from the copy, and repeat this until you're having as many as you need which you can also name as you prefer. I've done so, now having multiple with max 30GB each, which makes them much better manageable.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:12 AM (in response to mckristof)

    Change iPhoto Library Location

     

    This is the Apple recommended method, you might want to read it.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to mckristof)

    mckristof wrote:

     

    so can i have multiple iphoto libraries on an external hard drive? one for travel stuff, one for personal stuff, as well as a third one on my internal as for quick projects?

    ...and many more, wherever you want!

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to mckristof)

    Yes, yes.

     

    Or, again, as mentioned: Use "iPhoto Buddy" - like me here in the screenshot. It sits in my dock, and instead of iPhoto I launch this, then a double-click onto the library I want, and that's it.

     

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 3:23 PM (in response to mckristof)

    depress the option key and launch iPhoto  and select the library you want

     

    with iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ -  you can change libraries on the fly and you have the name of the library you are using displayed - and it is very helpful for moving photos between libraries

     

    BTW - having many iPhoto libraries is not a good idea - it reduces the database power by having few photos in each database and can be confusing to the user which can cause problems - and generally there is no reason to have more than a couple

     

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 3:49 PM (in response to LarryHN)

    Multiple iPhoto libraries are a bit pointless when the Library can contain up to 1,000,000 items - and they're inconvenient as you can only search one at a time. iPhoto Buddy hasn't been updated for quite a while:

     

    iPhoto Buddy is fully compatible with every version of Apple's iLife suite, from iLife '04 through iLife '09.

     

    and doesn't really do anything that iPhoto doesn’t do just by holding the Control key on launch.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    Terence Devlin wrote:

     

    Multiple iPhoto libraries are a bit pointless when the Library can contain up to 1,000,000 items - and they're inconvenient as you can only search one at a time.

    Sorry, but I disagree. As a single library grows, it becomes very awkward to move it aound if necessary, e.g. to a larger drive, or to take it along on a laptop. A library of hundreds of GB, containing hundreds of thousands of files is 'fragile' and vulnerable - see several reports about corrupt libraries here, and the trouble when restoring is due. Multiple libraries make good sense to reduce the risks, and are making handling many photos much simpler. The majority of users doesn't need to have all their photos on hand all the time anyway.

     

    Terence Devlin wrote:

     

    iPhoto Buddy hasn't been updated for quite a while...

    ...and why - it works perfectly fine, also under Mountain Lion.

     

    Terence Devlin wrote:

     

    ...and doesn't really do anything that iPhoto doesn’t do just by holding the Control key on launch.

    You are talking about something you are not using, you have likely not been using ever. It does way more.

     

    And it is the Option key you're holding at launch of iPhoto, not the Control key. But that's the smallest "error" here in your post.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Dec 24, 2012 12:16 AM (in response to LousyFool)

    Multiple versus single libraries is - of course - a matter of choice. If you find yourself frequently moving libraries around - though why would you be doing that frequently? - then maybe. But is that offset by fact that you can only search one Library at a time? Looking at your list above, are you sure the photo you want was taken in 2005? or 04? or 06?

     

    A library of hundreds of GB, containing hundreds of thousands of files is 'fragile' and vulnerable

     

    That's just untrue. Search the forum. We see more reports of problems from people with 5 - 10 k photos in a library than we do from folks with 50k+. The only difference between restoring a 5k library and a 50k one is time. So, I'm not sure what 'risks' you think having multiple libraries protects you from.

     

    The majority of users doesn't need to have all their photos on hand all the time anyway.

     

    Says who?

     

    Whether iPhoto Buddy runs on Mountain Lion on not is of little relevance. They haven't bothered to test it on iPhoto 11 - or haven't updated their web page.  What "way more" does it do?

     

    Thanks for the correction on the option key. You're dead right. Apologies for that.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 1:33 PM (in response to mckristof)

    when i open the library on the external, is it reading the photo folder on the internal hard drive or the external?

    You choose which library is opened -

     

    depress the option key and launch iPhoto  and select the library you want

    This remains the default library until you change it with an option launch again

     

    if i delete my photos that reside on my internal, will that mess up the albums that i spent so long to organize?

    AS noted earlier in this thread each library is totally independent - what you do in one is only in that one

     

    will the new iPhoto location on the external recogize that the same library contents are also located on that drive?

    ???  each library is totally independent - there is no connection of any sort between different libraries which is why it is not a good idea to have multiple libraries - it is confusing, had to find what you want and easy to make errors

     

    AS noted earlier in this thread each library is totally independent - what you do in one is only in that one

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 1:49 PM (in response to mckristof)

    If you want to maintain multiple iPhoto Libraries and be able to change libraries easily, copy events or albums between libraries and keep keywords, titles, places and other metadata intact you should get  iPhoto Library Manager.  It also includes an excellent duplicate photo removal function.

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