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Cannot transfer iphoto library from powerbook G4 to macbook pro??

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Mar 28, 2013 2:40 PM

Ok this is driving me insane... So i've had my trusty powerbook since 2005 and have recently purchased a 2009 macbook pro.


I have used migration assistant to transfer some stuff but i cannot get my photos from my iphoto folder onto my macbook pro, i can transfer files via ethernet using file share but in the the iphoto library folder on my powerbook g4 it is structured into dates and sub folders etc which have access priviliges set on each of the ridiculous amount of folders and sub folders.

So if i go into these folders i can change the read and right status but this would take forever and ever and my brother wants my powerbook g4 asap so please can someone help me out here with a quick and easy way to transfer my old photos??


I'm thinking i need to put my iphoto library into a folder that has open privilages but i need pointing in the right direction


thanks matt.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,365 points)

    Connect them with a FireWire cable, start up one computer with the T key held down, and move them over. If you encounter permission issues with this method, you can just provide your administrator password.



  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    so please can someone help me out here with a quick and easy way to transfer my old photos??


    Use a external USB drive, that's the fasest way. Drag and drop copy one to another


    Newer Mac's the Firewire is gone, needs a adapter to the Thunderbolt, or perhaps a cable you might not have on hand.



    Take the folder of the G4's photo's and place it into your Finder > Computer > Macintosh HD > Users > you > Public > DropBox and that should change the permissions to you.


    Or you can use the Finder >Get Info on the folder and set them to you and apply to enclosed items.


    You will still need to import them into the newer iPhoto format, so don't replace iPhoto Libraries as the G4 one is likely too old to be recognized.


    You can right click and "show package contents" if it's a pkg and there should be a folder called Originals you can import into the new iPhoto and thus into the new iPhoto Library.

  • KarenSelena Level 4 Level 4 (1,905 points)

    On the old computer, what is the operating system version, and what version of iPhoto is it?  Also, do you have an external drive?


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