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why does iphoto not copy all photos when transfering

1360 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2013 11:40 PM by Terence Devlin RSS
pilgrim09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 17, 2013 1:17 AM

Hi peeps.

why does iPhoto not copy all photos from an event when im copy/pasting to an external folder on my mac(for later transfer). All softwares are up to date and ive only just realised it happens, but when i copy all pics in an event then paste in a folder, the pic count is substantially different. for example i select all pictures in an event called 'new1', the count of files is 188. i then copy/ paste to a folder,  select all files and check 'info' and it says 141 files??? 
all i can see painstakingly going through to compare which images are in each place is that the ones that arent in my new folder , seem to be the ones ive edited in iPhoto??  conincidence? or am I missing something fundamental here?  Ive only just realised this is occuring. The trouble is, after moving images to folders/hard drives I  subsequently delete them from iphoto to keep my macbook airs HDD with some space.  So basically all of the versions of pictures I want, i.e, the new edited and adjusted versions are no longer! NOT HANDY!

  help please.

MacBook Air, iOS 6.1.2, iphoto
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    We've seen a few reports of this in the past while and no one is sure of the cause.


    Use the File -> Export command. See this User Tip



    for details of the options the Export Dialogue offers.


    If you're interested in your Photos then this workflow


    The trouble is, after moving images to folders/hard drives I  subsequently delete them from iphoto to keep my macbook airs HDD with some space.


    means you are losing quality, metadata and the version of control. If you don't want these why use iPhoto at all?


    You could just move the whole Library to an external:


    Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


    1. Quit iPhoto


    2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.


    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.


    4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.






  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    why would anyone not want this!!???


    Is always a dangerous question. Here's one simple scenario: I was to use a snap in a word processing document. For that I don't need the full size original, I don't want the original with the red-eye not fixed, I want the edited version. Because it's going into a Word Processing document, I don't need metadata and so on... So, drag and drop works pefectly in that scenario.


    The scenario you are using makes no sense if you use iPhoto. It's a lossless processor and designed to manage your photos. What you're doing is ultimately not using it to manage your photos. You're taking them out of iPhoto to the Finder, which you're using for the job. So, you're taking a lossless process and using an app designed specifically for the purpose, and trying to turn it into a lossy process.

  • Tigervision Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    some of my photos in an event, I'll right click and hit copy.... and I don't have a paste option??? greyed out in photo and doesn't show up at all on desktop.

    i.e. if I wanted to paste into a different event in iphoto.  or if I just want to paste to my desk top to say upload to a site (and I don't care about meta data).  From what I can tell, seems most are taken with an iphoto that don't allow this copy/paste option.  Any ideas?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    See my reply to your other post.


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