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Saving Photos on LaCie

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Shackleton#1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 7, 2013 2:30 PM

I have successfully backed up my entire iPhoto 11 (OS 10.7.5) library to my LaCie Porsche. I would like to be able to delete the earliest events from my Macbook but I am concerned that successive backups of the library (that no longer contained events from earler years) would overwrite the first and the events would be gone. Do successive exports of the entire library overwrite earlier versions?  While I don't care about the events as events, I do want them for support for albums. Or do the albums stand alone on the LaCie if they are exported separately? And, one more thing-how does one move photos no longer on the compiuter from a LaCie back to the Macbook or to an iPad or iPhone? Any thoughts, answers or suggestions would be most welcome. Thank you.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Nov 7, 2013 3:37 PM (in response to Shackleton#1)

    The key question is "how did you make the back up?"


    If you want to have a full library on an external and a smaller subset on an internal:


    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.


    Now you have two full versions of the Library.


    3. On the Internal library, trash the Events you don't want there


    Now you have a full copy of the Library on the External and a smaller subset on the Internal


    Some Notes:


    • As a general rule: when deleting photos do them in batches of about 100 at a time. iPhoto can baulk at trashing large numbers at one go.



    • You can choose which Library to open: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'


  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Nov 7, 2013 11:36 PM (in response to Shackleton#1)

    If you copy something to a location and then afterwards copy someting else with the same name to that locaion you will be warned that the new item will over write the existing one.


    I still haven't a clue what you've copied where and how, so other than that I can't advise you. The key question is "how did you make the back up?"


    I do not have iPhoto Library Manager but I do have softwae called iPhoto to Disk.


    I am not sure what the relevance of this is.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Nov 8, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to Shackleton#1)

    I made the backup by dragging the entire iPhoto library (from the Pictures folder) to the LaCie icon in  Finder.


    Then subsequent dragging over of an iPhoto library will overwrite that one.


    It sounds like you want to make incremental back ups to me. This is a very good way to work. The first time you run the back up the app will make a complete copy of the Library. Thereafter it will update the back up with the changes you have made. That makes subsequent back ups much faster. Many of these apps also have scheduling capabilities: So set it up and it will do the back up automatically.


    Example of such apps: Chronosync - but there are many others. Search on MacUpdate or the App Store


    Photo To Disk is really nothing like iPhoto Library Manager at all, either in intention or capability.


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