Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 8:29 PM (in response to bmartin3191)
Exactly how are you doing things? If your iPhoto library is on an external drive and has the default settings for copying the photos ot it (highly recommended) then everything you import is in the iPhoto library on the EHD
What is your work flow?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 8:35 PM (in response to LarryHN)
Currently I am using an EHD with Time Machine. This EHD is connected to my MacBook Pro 24/7. But I also want to use another EHD just for my iPhoto that I will store in a different location in my house.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 8:43 PM (in response to bmartin3191)
I'm still not clear on your question
TM is a backup program - you can not share a volume with the time machine backup and the iPhoto library
To run your iPhoto library on an external drive You need a second external hard drive that is formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) -
Moving the iPhoto library is safe and simple - quit iPhoto and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity to the external drive - depress the option key and launch iPhoto using the "select library" option to point to the new location on the external drive - fully test it and then trash the old library on the internal drive (test one more time prior to emptying the trash)
And be sure that the External drive is formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) (iPhoto does not work with drives with other formats) and that it is always available prior to launching iPhoto
And backup soon and often - having your iPhoto library on an external drive is not a backup and if you are using Time Machine you need to check and be sure that TM is backing up your external drive
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 8:53 PM (in response to LarryHN)
1) I have a 2TB EHD that is formatted for MAC OS. I have this EHD plugged into my MacBook Pro via USB 24/7 backing up to TM. Yes, I check TM often.
2) I want to also have a 2nd copy of my iPhoto library on a different EHD that is formatted for MAC OS. I currently plug this EHD into USB, go to my pictures folder and drag the iPhoto into the EHD icon that appears on my desktop.
iPhoto copies successfully each time to this second EHD. Is this process wrong? Should I be using a different technique or program to accomplish my goal of having a totally separate EHD just for my photos and videos?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to bmartin3191)
You can use a backup application like Synk Pro which does incremental backup, i.e. copies only those new or modified files. Each incremental backup will take a few seconds and can be setup do to automatically when iPhoto is closed.
You can find other similar backup apps by searching at MacUpdate.com for "incremental backup" or just "backup".
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2013 4:53 PM (in response to bmartin3191)
CCC is a local cloner wich is a good way to backup
Carbonite is a cloud based system not a local system and there have been mixed reports on its effectiveness with the iPhoto library - at best recovery is very slow and some people have reported problems which may be related to the requirement that the iPhoto library must alwasy be on a volume formatted Mac OS extended (journaled)