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iPhoto onto External Hard drive

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  • Damageboss Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2012 7:49 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    I just went back to the WD website, and they do have a 2tb for Mac, with FireWire connections.  I have to look it up to read some reviews to see its dependability.  When it comes to WD products, it is usually 50/50 good and bad.  Your opinion.

  • Damageboss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 7:05 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Terence, I purchased the WD My studio 2TB, which is formatted for MAC. The firewire made backup much faster the the USB option of my older G Drive that I am replacing. 

    Also the IPhoto move to the WD went very smooth following the direction given above.

     

    Thank you very much.

  • JGB_CC Calculating status...
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    Sep 16, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to LarryHN)

    I'm a new Mac user and trying to drag my iphoto library to my external hard drive. Please -- it must be a simple thing to do, but I cannot figure out how to do it. I'm in Finder, dragging the library to where it shows the external hard drive, but it doesn't work that way, evidently. Can you help? Thanks -- sorry, I know it must be a stupid question to you, but I appreciate your consideration for an old PC user who is a frustrated MAC newbie.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Sep 16, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to JGB_CC)

    Where in the Finder? What happens when you try?

  • Damageboss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 4:49 PM (in response to JGB_CC)

    JGB_CC

     

    I followed the instruction from the following post:

     

    LarryHN

    Re: iPhoto onto External Hard drive

    Oct 10, 2010 10:06 PM (in response to chewsa)

    You simply quit iPhoto and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity to the external drive (I think you have done this) and then depress the option key and launch iPhoto use the select library option to select the new location - fully test your library and then delete the old one from the internal drive (i suggest testing one more time before emptying the trash)

     

    LN

    3.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhoto 8.0.2, 750 GB OWC EHD, Sony DSC-W150 camera, ATP PhotoFinder Mini GPS

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to JGB_CC)

    @JGB_CC  -- 

    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

     

     

    LN

  • Damageboss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 4:43 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    Thank you for your help

  • Mrs Shea Calculating status...
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    May 18, 2013 8:42 PM (in response to LarryHN)

    I followed the directions- I dropped my iphoto into My Passport- I tried to open them and it says I can't because they are in my Time Machine. I am so confused.... How do I fix this?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    May 18, 2013 8:53 PM (in response to Mrs Shea)

    What exactly did you do? What format is your "My Passport"? are you running Time Machine? What drive is it backing upt to?

     

    LN

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    Jul 11, 2013 4:19 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Hello Terence,

    I hope you can help me. I have successfully copied my entire library to an EHD. How do I now ensure that when I sync new photos, they sync to the EHD and that becomes the default, is that possible?

     

    What are your suggestions about backing up to iCloud instead of an EHD?

     

    Cheers

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:46 AM (in response to Priscilla Tonkin)

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and open the Library on the external. That's now your default Library. All imports will go here.

     

    There is no way to back up an iPhoto Library to iCloud. There is no good way to back one up online. You can share your photos to sites like Flickr or Smugmug, but that's just your photos, not your library.

  • Priscilla Tonkin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:55 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Thank you :)

  • piano212 Calculating status...
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    Aug 24, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to chewsa)

    Don't know if this has already been addressed but I moved my iphoto library to an EHD and now my screensaver photo disappears whenever I restart my computer.  How can I save that photo as a screensaver?

  • Rescue51 Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    Hello

     

    I wonder if you can help?

     

    When I try to move my iphoto library, it gives me the message that it "cant be moved because one item is being modified"

     

    How can I find out which item is stopping this?

     

    Thanks

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 10:46 AM (in response to Rescue51)

    reboot your Mac and try again

     

    LN

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