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HT5037 import old iPhoto library in iPhoto '11

785 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2013 3:05 PM by LarryHN RSS
Poulpo_fr Calculating status...
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Jul 7, 2013 10:05 AM

I would like to import an old iPhoto library (iPhoto '08 version 7.1.5 (378) ) from my old iMac G5 into my macbook which is running iPhoto '11 version 9.4.3 (720.91.

When I am chosing the import function, I can see a blurred file "iPhoto lirbary" but it is impossible to open it.


Can someone help me and/or indicate me the right procedure.


Thank you !

MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), Macbook unibody
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to Poulpo_fr)

    You NEVER import one iPhoto library into another one - it does not work and creates a massive mess


    You simply move the library over to the Pictures folder on the new machine and launch iPhoto letting it open and convert the library


    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.



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to Poulpo_fr)

    Yes you are wrong - if you drag any file into a folder where that file already exists you will delete and replace the old file and have only the new file left - this is true for the iPhoto libary package


    Your best solution is to either upgrade to Aperture or use the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager - -  to merge libraries


    You can export the photos form your old library and import those photos into the new library but this does not keep your originals, only your edited versions which become originals in the new library




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