4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2008 8:32 AM by eddyjr66
JazzmanJD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there an easy way to transfer all your photos from one Mac to another over a local network(in home) and keep the two computers in sync as you add new photos?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Mac Mini, Ipod Classic, Simpletech external hard drive, 2 Airport Expresses
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,115 points)
    Yes and ‘sort of’.

    Is there an easy way to transfer all your photos from one Mac to another over a local network(in home)


    Yes. Just copy the iPhoto Library from the Pictures Folder of Mac A to the same location on the Mac B.

    keep the two computers in sync as you add new photos?


    ‘sort of’. Depends on what you mean by ‘sync’.

    If the Syncing is *one way* - that is, you only add new pics to Mac A (and never to Mac B) then you can keep Mac B updated easily with a back up app like DejaVu.

    However, if the Syncing is *two way*, and pics get added to both Libraries, then there is no way to do this automatically. The best you can do is use iPhoto Library Manager to move pics/albums/events between Libraries.

    Regards

    TD
  • JazzmanJD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm just trying to do A to B. Please walk me through how to copy the library from A to B. I think I can handle the rest. Thanks.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,115 points)
    You’re going to need to link the two Macs together. How you do this is up to you. But you can do it with your home network or with FireWire Target Disk Mode.

    Then Simply drag the iPhoto Library from the Pictures Folder on Mac A to the Pictures Folder on Mac B.

    Regards

    TD
  • eddyjr66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I transferred a photo library from one powerbook to another, about 3 years ago, and since then have found that albums created in the earlier version will appear in the finder, and then arbitrarily later albums as well, but not all albums. I asked a Mac Genius about getting a better organized library and he told me to create a new library (on my second hard drive) then go the existing library, select rolls and move to the new library. but if you're in one library how do you move rolls to another? Apple tells you not to drag photos from one library to another. So I imported everything into the new library and now there is no album info and the rolls are all jumbled and misnamed. Argh. Is there a simple way to transfer all these photos, just keeping them in roll format and ditching all the old album data?