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Storing iPhoto 8 Library on an External Drive

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I have some data on storing (moving) iPhoto 2 to an external HD. Does this apply to iPhoto 8? Can there be more than one Library stored? Any practical suggestions on doing this?
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Smtr Level 5 Level 5 (5,450 points)

    The process is very similar. Drag the iPhoto Library +package file+ (previous versions have a regular folder) from your Pictures folder to your external hard drive, and it will be copied there. Hold down the Option key as you Launch iPhoto, select "Choose Library" and navigate to the new location. iPhoto should open the library in exactly the same condition as before you moved it. It will continue to open the library from the new location by default unless you tell it otherwise.

    You may keep as many iPhoto Libraries as you like. To create a new library, Option-Launch and select "Create Library", taking care to not overwrite an existing library. A downside of running multiple libraries is that iPhoto can only read one library at a time, so photos in one library are not accessible when viewing another. A benefit is that you can maintain a full library on an external drive and a smaller, partial library in your laptop for when you travel. You can easily transfer photos/events/albums from one library to another using [iPhoto Library Manager|>. It is the only way to transfer your titles, keywords, and other organizational efforts between libraries.

    Mac Mini 1.42 GHz PPC G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1 GB RAM, 80 Gig HD, Seagate 300 Gig HD, Sony 0x90F DVD burner, Canon, Epson
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
    Best to leave all applications in the Applications folder on the Internal.


    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.16 C2D, Mac OS X (10.5), 4 gig RAM/ 2 gig RAM


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