13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2009 12:41 PM by Old Toad
Rick R. Level 1 Level 1
I'm having a problem importing photos. It is taking 30 minutes to import 25 photos from a CD. Am I the only one with this problem?? It's taking forever.... I'm trying to import my niece's wedding photos 600+ and it's taking all day. Why???? I'm disappointed.

Mac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iphoto 09
  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac
    Some one else reported this earlier - I have not seen it

    What happens if you mount the CD and drag the photos to the desktop and then import them?

    LN
  • accinsp Level 1 Level 1
    I just did a search on this topic because I was having the same problem. I burned a CD with 230 photos on from my wifes iMac. I put the disc into my macbook pro, and iphoto auto opened and i dragged the folder containing the photos to my iphoto menu. It started importing. It has now been over an hour and it has 130 to go. This is way to long. Should I have done something different? I am afraid to stop it because I do not want duplicates or problems with the one I have imported.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    Some factors that might influence the speed:

    File Size
    Speed of the Drive
    How the disk was burned.

    Regards

    TD
  • accinsp Level 1 Level 1
    I burned it on my wifes iMac using iPhoto 09. It takes a serious amount of time to import it off the cd. It is only 38 mb.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    Did you use the Share -> Burn command?

    Regards

    TD
  • accinsp Level 1 Level 1
    Got it to work WAY better. Ok so this is what I did, I opened the CD dragged the data file from the CD to the desk top. Opened iPhoto and clicked on import selected the data folder and imported the photos. They came in less than 10 seconds. I would say do not import from a CD drag it and drop it on the desk top. The problem is when you burn a CD from iPhoto it automatically opens iPhoto. You have to close iPhoto and then drag it to the desktop.

    Anyway I got it to work that way. Just for anyone to know.
  • accinsp Level 1 Level 1
    Yes I did use the share burn.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    clicked on import selected the data folder and imported the photos.


    You haven’t imported your photos, you’ve only imported the wee thumbnails.

    If you made the disk with iPhoto, then it mounts in the iPhoto Window (on the left hand pane) and you click on the disk icon there and see the pics. Then just drag them to your Library. That way you get all the pics, versions, metadata and not just the thumbnails.

    Regards

    TD
  • accinsp Level 1 Level 1
    yep you are right they are the wee thumbnails. I did exactly what you said, but it takes an extremely long time. 1 hour for 130 photos, I stopped the import at that point. I exported the photos from her iPhoto and just transfered them to my macbook.

    Thanks for your help and for clueing me in on that fact that those were just thumbnails. That could have been a bad situation.
  • Rick R. Level 1 Level 1
    I have done the same thing. I made a folder on the desktop, I dragged the photos on the CD to the folder, then imported the pictures. I worked quickly, and within normal time frame. I don't know why, but it is the only way to do it quickly.
  • Jack Slice Level 1 Level 1
    I have a DVD with about 740 22 megapixel photos. It has been importing them now for about 12 hours. 50 left. This is beyond absurd. The previous iPhoto would do this type of import in a half an hour or so. I have changed nothing in how I burn these DVDs and I am using the 2.8Ghz MacBook Pro (late 15" model). This is the first DVD I imported using iPhoto '09. Like I said the other 61 DVD I imported (over 28,000 images) all imported at a MUCH more acceptable rate of about 1/2 hour per disc.
  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac
    In the future drag the photos to a desktop folder and import from there

    LN
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac
    You do know that the Data folder only contains the thumbnail files and not the originals, right?

    If you want to retain the keywords and other metadata drag the library folder to the desktop as you did and then use the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager to copy the Events or albums from the desktop library into your primary library.