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Moving iPhoto Library To NAS. Good Idea or Suicidal?

13772 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2007 11:12 PM by Danktuft RSS
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I'm using iPhoto 6 on a Macbook Pro running 10.5.1, an Imac running the same and an old Powerbook running 10.4 in my house. I have just acquired a Freecom Storage Gateway and will be able to use it to store all my music on, streaming it from there when I need to. I could obviously bung all my photos on it as well, would this be a good idea? What would the potential pitfalls be? I know that iPhoto doesn't like two copies sharing the same library so I have a bit of freeware that helps out with that. Is it generally a good idea to have the library somewhere else on the network?
24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
    Danktuft

    Some folks have reported difficulties with iPhoto on a NAS, depending on the format of it. See this, for instance:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1100543&tstart=0

    So my suggestion is to create a library on the NAS and import a few pics and test it thoroughly before committing your entire library to it.

    Regardless of where you have your library, iPhoto does not have a multi-user database. Period. And no freeware will change the nature of that beast. So, if you're going to have mulitple users remember that iPhoto cannot have two Users writing to the database at the same time. If you do, you will corrupt the library. If more than one user tries to access the library at a time, the risk of corruption increases significantly. So, back up.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.16gig / iMac 20" 2.16 C2D, Mac OS X (10.5), 2 gig RAM/ 2 gig RAM

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