Currently Being ModeratedNov 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
- 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'
- You can keep the Library on the external updated with new imports using iPhoto Library Manager
Currently Being ModeratedNov 7, 2013 6:53 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thanks for your reply. I am still confused. I have read the manual for the LaCie and I cannot tell whether or not my format is journaled. Nor do I know whether an existing iPhoto library import is overwritten by successive imports of the library. As I said in my email, my import to LaCie was successful, but I am reluctant to delete anything until I am sure that the back up is safe in LaCie? Can you elucidate? I do not have iPhoto Library Manager but I do have softwae called iPhoto to Disk.
Thanks, Rachel (aka Shackleton#1)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 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.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2013 6:48 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
I made the backup by dragging the entire iPhoto library (from the Pictures folder) to the LaCie icon in Finder. The entire library is now on the LaCie. I am aware of the overwriting issue and that is why I asked the specific question. iPhoto to Disk is software similar to iPhoto Library Manager Perhps I am better off deleting what is now on the dik and starting over with the software. ait is however much easier to drag the icon. (BTW Apple tech support whom I called as a last ditch effort said that what was already on the LaCie would not be destroyed by a second import of the Library. I am wary and am going to test it.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 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.
Photo To Disk is really nothing like iPhoto Library Manager at all, either in intention or capability.