10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2013 12:18 AM by Terence Devlin
GTGeek88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Seagate NAS drive that I've been using for a couple of years.  In Finder, it's seen with no problem and I can copy files to it.  I also will sometimes export a file from iPhoto to a folder on that drive.  It has worked fine in the past.  For a couple of days now, Finder has been seeing and accessing the drive just fine, yet when I try to export a photo to it, iPhoto shows it in the list of Shared Devices, but will not access it.  In other words, I just get a spinning circle and it will never display the folders on that drive.  So much for sotware that just works.  I can't understand why iPhoto can't properly access the drive while Finder is a content and happy puppy when it comes to that.  I have rebooted the computer, but that didn't help.  Suggestions welcome.


MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 3.06 MHz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB drive
  • 1. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    Correct - the iPhoto library must always be on a volume formatted mac OS extended (journaled) - it will not work on a NAS

     

    You can place a correct format disk image on the NAS and have yoru iPhoto library on it

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    GTGeek88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But that's not what I said at all.  I am only exporting a file to a folder on that NAS drive.  Something I've done plenty of times before.  I didn't say the iPhoto Library was on that drive.

  • 3. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    Sorry - misunderstood the question

     

    as a work around export the photos to a desktop folder and then move them to the NAS

     

    It does not sound like an iPhoto issue on the surface - but if you have finder access do it is twl steps

     

    LN

  • 4. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    GTGeek88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sure, I can do that, but, of course, the point of the posting is to get the problem solved. I think it does sound like a problem with iPhoto, because Finder sees the drive with no problem.  iPhoto can't seem to work with it.

  • 5. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    As a start verify that you can export to the desktop and then move to the NAS as suggested - if that works and direct export form iPhoto still does not then post back

     

    LN

  • 6. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    GTGeek88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's right. I can export to the Desktop and move to a folder on the NAS drive with no problem. But iPhoto will not access the NAS drive at all.

  • 7. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,660 points)

    See if you can save to the NAS drive directly from another applicaton, like TextEdit.

     

    OT

  • 8. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    GTGeek88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    TextEdit does not see the drive at all. Neither does SnagIt. Odd - comparing to Windows, which I know people hate here - I don't ever remember a case where Windows could see a drive and use it, but a program I was using couldn't. But that's the case here - Finder sees it and uses it fine, but programs don't.  And, again, I've used this drive with iPhoto up until recently, so I'm not sure why suddenly it would start misbehaving.

  • 9. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    And again

     

     

    It does not sound like an iPhoto issue on the surface

     

    Post in the forum for your OS - it still sounds like an OS issue - even more now

     

    And try the support forums for your NAS - it may be an NAS issue

     

    LN

  • 10. Re: iPhoto can't access NAS drive
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,745 points)

    Nobody here hates Windows. It's just another operating system and frankly, we're rather too mature to be bothered with hating a few million lines of code.

     

    A NAS is a headless computer. It has it's own operating system, and I would guess that the answer might lie in the Sharing Preferences - after all you're not just writing to a disk, but writing to an different computer with a different OS on it.

     

    As Larry says, I'd be asking on the Using Mac OS X forum for your version of the OS.