7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2013 12:08 PM by D S M
jacob_steensen Level 1 (0 points)

can iPhoto import directly to my NAS and store the pictures on my Nas instead of my MBP


and can the pictures that i already importet to my MBP throug iphoto, be eksportet to the same NAS?

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion, i am new at this mac stuf
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,930 points)

    You can't put an iPhoto Library directly on to a NAS.


    iPhoto needs to have the Library sitting on disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Users with the Library sitting on disks otherwise formatted regularly report issues including, but not limited to, importing, saving edits and sharing the photos.


    You can put the Library on any disk or disk image formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


    To do this:


    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.


    Thereafter any imges you import will be in the Library on the external disk.






  • D S M Level 1 (0 points)

    A very helpful post; but two further questions, if I may:


    (1) Is this still the case, or have updates since your post changed the position?

    (2) Does it follow that TimeMachine backups of the iPhoto library to a NAS drive will face similar problems?


    Many thanks,



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,418 points)

    Time Machine will not work on a NAS networked drive.  It also must be on an OS X Extended (journaled) hard drive.


    The following is from this Apple document: AirPort base stations: Time Machine hard drive compatibility

    Time Machine can back up your Mac's data to your AirPort Time Capsule, or to an external drive that is formatted as Mac OS Extended. It can also easily use more than one backup disk in OS X Mountain Lion.



  • D S M Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  Sounds like I may have to scrap the NAS and resort to Time Capsule.  I assume that you can not only back-up to Time Capsule, but also use it as an external hard drive on which to place your primary iPhoto library. Is that right?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,930 points)

    Yes you can put the Library on a TC, but two caveats:


    1. It shouldn't share the same partition as the TM back ups


    2. It needs to be a wired connection.  If you're trying to edit the Library (that is, make albums, move photos around, keyword, make books or slideshows etc.) or edit individual photos in it via Wireless be very careful. Dropouts are a common fact of wireless networking, and should one occur while the app is writing to the database then your Library will be damaged. Simply, I would not do this with my Libraries.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,418 points)

    But Time Capsule will not back up the iPhoto Library as it's on the same HD, even if its a different partition.  TM will backup the MBP's internal HD but not a partition on the TC.


    If you don't care about not having a backup of your library you can run the library from the TC with the caveats that TD put forth.



  • D S M Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you both - very helpful.