Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 10:40 PM (in response to drinsurrey)
Ok, to begin with let me apologise in advance for how this question is written. I am not the most savvy person when it comes to this type of thing but I am trying, I promise. So, I'm on my second MacBook Pro because my old one died a death after 5 years (and a toddlers intervention), a helpful guy at at Apple store got the harddrive out for me (a shiny piece of silver) which he said held all of my photos and music - the only two things I was worried about. With the help of this drive type thing that I plug this harddrive into, I was able to move across all of my music onto my new MacBook Pro but knowing that my photos would be a bigger job, I left that until I had more time. Well, I have just attempted to do this and it simply wont. It says its something to do with versions numbers. I can drag the library from the old harddrive (just the whole thing as I don't know if there is a specific sub-file that I need) onto my new desktop but when I think try to drag the old library into my new iPhoto, it simply wont read it. I have no idea what my old version number is but it would be pretty old, perhaps last updated 2-3 years ago. My new iPhoto library is version 9.2.3.
In short - what is this girl doing wrong? Please tell me I haven't lost all of my old photos forever? The man in the store said it was fairly straight forward, he could have migrated things at the time but I didn't buy my new MacBook Pro until a week later and my old harddrive had already been removed. All I want to do is have all my old photos with my new photos in one place, I am not worried about any tags or names or faces or place information that is saved with the old photos as I really only use it for a storage type place instead of utilising all the cool options (I should, I know) so if there is an easy way that your Grandma would be able to manage, please let me know.
You don't have to drag the library to the iPhoto icon. You have to double-click the iPhoto library to open iPhoto with it, and then, you should be able to access to the photos of your library. I recommend you to copy the iPhoto library to a different folder before doing this, because iPhoto will upgrade the library to make it work with your version, and if this fails, you will lose all your photos
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to drinsurrey)
Connect the two Macs together (network, firewire target mode, etc) or use an external hard drive formed Mac OS extended (journaled) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old Mac to the pictures folder of the new Mac - launch iPhoto on the new mac and it will open the library and convert it as needed and you will be ready move forward.
Do NOT drag the iPhoto library onto the iPhoto icon - this will import it and that does not work and creates a massive mess