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Moving "Photo Folder" from external HardDisk back to iPhoto library Fusion Drive

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Hi

Need your advice. Let me share with you my existing setup and new environment first. The ultimate things that I want to achieve are the performance and potential to scale for my photos in iPhoto library

 

Existing environment

  • 50,000 pics with around 500G file size in my" Original Photo Folder "
  • 256G SSD - running "iphoto application" and "iPhoto library(35G)"
  • 1T external hard disk to store my " Original Photo Folder"(500G)
  • Turn off " copying photos into the iphoto library" in the advance setting
  • Latest version of iphoto application
  • Must live with iPhoto Application due to Apple TV

 

New environment.

  • 3T Fusion drive - will put iphoto application + iphoto library + Original photo folder together at one place
  • Believe will continue to Turn off " copying photos into the iphoto library" in the advance setting to order to save the storage.

 

Goals

  1. Improve performance in iphoto ( believe everything sitting together in the same drive will further improve the performance !?)
  2. Scalability and Flexibility to move to larger HArd Disk in the future( believe "iphoto library" + " Original photo folder " can see as a package and I can move to other Hard disk in the future by leveraging Time Machine easily
  3. Need to remain all the rating , sorting , smart album , in the new environment.( I am not able to do the rating and sorting again so it just too much)

 

Issues encountered

ThumbNail  , Rating, smart albums, sorting  are existed but they are all "Missing the path" to the Orginal Photo when I only copy the "Orginal Photo Folder" from 1T External Hard Disk to "Fusion Drive"

 

Questions:

How am I able to find the 50000 pics missing path?

What is the best way to migrate the "Orginal Photo FOlder" from external Hard Disk to "Fusion or Internal Hard Disk"

Am I doing the right thing overall to 1) improve iPhoto perforamnce, 2) easily to move to another Hard Disk in the future, 3) Keep all the rating in iPhoto.

 

Thanks

iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    Improve performance in iphoto ( believe everything sitting together in the same drive will further improve the performance !?)

    To improve the performance, make sure the iphoto library is on your fastest drive, usually the system drive, or a drive with a very fast connection - USB3, thunderbolt, Firewire. And your original photos should be on a drive with a reasonably fast connection, but they do not need to be on the same drive.

     

    Scalability and Flexibility to move to larger HArd Disk in the future( believe "iphoto library" + " Original photo folder " can see as a package and I can move to other Hard disk in the future by leveraging Time Machine easily

    That will be a problem with iPhoto. iPhoto '11 does not yet support to relocate referenced original images to other disk volumes, or even to consolidate referenced originals again into the iPhoto library. You can move iPhoto libraries between different volumes by copying them, but not the original images outside the library. As long as you are using iPhoto, leave the originals in their original location, or put them back wherer you moved them from. You can move the iPhoto library, but not the originals. There is no command in iPhoto to point iPhoto to the location of the originals.

     

    You might consider to invest in Aperture (unfortunately this professional application is more expensive than iPhoto). Aperture can open iPhoto libraries and reconnect photos with missing originals and relocate the originals to a different drive, and offers many advanced image adjustment tools.

     

    Since Aperture and iPhoto share the same library format you can still use your photo library with iPhoto, even after editing it with Aperture, see: Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)

    You can't move a Referenced iPhoto Library. It's one of the biggest pitfalls, along with the fact that it's more work for zero advantage.

     

    Your options are simple:

     

    1. Convert to a Managed Library with iPhoto Library Manager

     

    2. Buy Aperture

     

    3. Edit the tables in the SQL database. -  not for the faint-hearted.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    It's one of the biggest pitfalls, along with the fact that it's more work for zero advantage.

    Well put!

     

    I think it is a design flaw in iPhoto to enable a referenced library without providing maintainance tools for it. There no built-in way back, and provided tool to recover, if the references get broken.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)

    Absolutely. Frankly there's pain for no gain whatever using Referenced Libraries with iPhoto. The add no extra capability are are - as this case demonstrates - actually a liability in some cases.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)

    So "reference library" is not a good idea for managing the photos and preparing for the data future growth.

     

    Correct.

     

    With iPhoto Library Manager you rebuild the Library as Managed.

     

    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.

     

     

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.  

     

    With Aperture you don' do that. You use Aperture's superior file management tools - specifically - the Relocate Masters command. So it's the same library.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    Great!

     

    Just to give you an idea, how to reconnect the missing originals in Aperture:

    • Select the images woth missing originals in the browser and use the commend "File > Locate Referenced Originals".
    • Now you'll see a panel with a split view.
      • In the upper part the image versions with missing originals. Select one. You will see the path to the file that aperture is looking for.
      • In the lower part you'll see a file chooser dialog. select the location of the original file. Then press the "Reconnect all" button, and now the photo library should be fixed again.

    All your tags, captions, ratings should be saved.

    Afterwards use the "File > Consolidate Originals" to move all originals back into the photo library, and now you'll have a managed library to be used with iPhoto.

     

    Regards and good luck!

    Léonie.

     

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