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jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
As I try to back up to an external drive, some albums copy over. But some stop in the middle and I get this message:

"The selected items cannot be put into the same location, because at least one of them named p1010030jpg is busy".

If I de-select this photo, I get the same message with another photo in the folder.


Any help is appreciated.

Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,185 points)
    How are you backing up?

    You get this message sometimes if you try and export two files of the same name into a folder.

    Regards

    TD
  • jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am selecting, then dragging them into the external drive. All the pictures have numbers as the names and some are duplicates. I tried, but could not find out how to change or delete the names. Any ideas?

    Thanks
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,185 points)
    If you’re trying to back up to an external drive the best way to do it is to copy the iPhoto Library Folder from your Pictures Folder to the External. This gets your Library, Albums, Keywords, slideshows, books and everything else. What you’re doing doesn’t do any of this.

    Regards

    TD
  • jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks.

    I tried this, but I get another message that tells me that the file name is too long. Whenever it does this, I press "OK", and it stops the whole copy procedure. Is there a way to change the picture name or even delete the names? I do not name them. They are just the name assigned by the source as I dump them into the computer.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (60,295 points)
    What is the format of your external drive? If it is not a Mac formated disk you will have problems

    LN
  • jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It can be used for mac. I have backed up my entire hard drive, except for the pictures.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,185 points)
    With that message you’re using a disk formatted in one of the FAT formats. You will have issues with data stored on such a disk - jogs may turn into exe files, iTUnes and iPhoto Libraries may be corrupted if stored on such a disk.

    The question for you: DO you want to back up your photos?

    Or

    The Organisation of your photos?

    Regards

    TD

    Message was edited by: Terence Devlin
  • jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does anyone have any other suggestions? I still can't copy to the external drive.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Reformat the hard drive as Mac OS Extended. You can't back an iPhoto Library up successfully on a drive that's formatted for Windows. And you can't copy two pictures that have the same name into the same folder, so forget about trying to export all your pictures to the external drive, unless you're going to rename enough of them to eliminate name duplications.

    The only way to back up an iPhoto 6 Library and preserve all the albums, titles, books, keywords, calendars, etc. you've created in it is to copy the entire iPhoto Library folder as a unit. That eliminates any concern about duplicated names. But it requires that the drive you're copying onto be Mac-formatted, which makes the drive inaccessible to a Windows PC unless MacDrive 7 is installed on it. Even in that case, there's no application you can run in Windows that understands the structure of an iPhoto database, so fnding anything in the library on the PC will be a nightmare. And worst of all, if a PC user moves or changes anything inside the iPhoto Library folder, it will be corrupted and become unusable in iPhoto. So if sharing pictures with Windows PC users is the object, Export the pictures from iPhoto to the FAT-formatted external drive, and don't think for a moment that by doing so you've actually backed up your iPhoto Library — you've only backed up the individual pictures, not any of the organization you did in iPhoto.
  • Alexander Richardson Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    i copied all my photos to an external hard drive and when i tried to use them all the photos were thumbnails i copied the folder 'iphoto library'. in my pictures.

    i tried it on a different external disk and the same happened agian did i do anything wrong.

    (i know its a separate question but it could affect Jpapin too or maybe only the thumbnails coppied across).
  • jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have just got back to trying to fix this problem. I did nothing to format the external drive. I checked, it is formatted as MS-DOS File System (FAT 32). I do not know if this is Mac OS Extended or not. I tried to figure out how to format it, I can not find how to do that. I already have files and applications on the external hard drive. How do I reformat it?

    Thank you.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,185 points)
    I checked, it is formatted as MS-DOS File System (FAT 32). I do not know if this is Mac OS Extended or not


    No it’s not.

    You can reformat a disk using Disk Utility. Check the help on that app for specifics. *Remember: Reformatting a drive will erase all the data on it, so back it up first*.

    Regards

    TD
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (60,295 points)
    i copied all my photos to an external hard drive and when i tried to use them all the photos were thumbnails i copied the folder 'iphoto library'. in my pictures.


    How did you "copy the iPhoto library" to the external drive? The prop[er way is to drag the iPhoto Library folder as a single entity from your (default location) pictures folder on yoru internal drive to to the external HD

    How did you access them? VIa Photo or via the finder? It sounds like you either copied the data folder not the iPhoto library or you went to the EHD and access the data folder - that is where the thumbnails are stored


    LN
  • jpapin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I went to Disk Utility, but i can't find an option to format. There are other options, but I do not know which one will reformat only for Mac OS. I went to the help section, but that did not tell me which option actually reformats. Any help please?
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