4 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2009 4:20 PM by MamaKatie
MamaKatie Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

My iPhoto library had 77,000 photos which is making iPhoto run very slow. I did a one on one training last week and they showed me how to move the library over to my external hard drive. I did that and it took 2+ days because there were so many files. Now that I have moved the library over, how (and should I) do I delete the iPhoto library from my computer, create a new library for May 2009 and beyond, etc so my computer will run properly. I hope this makes sense. Any input would be really appreciated.

Thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    MamaKatie

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions.

    You don't have to create a new Library, you can simply keep that Library on the external and use it from there.

    To create a new Library: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'

    Managing Multiple Libraries - including moving pics/albums/rolls and metadata between them - is greatly facilitated by using iPhoto Library Manager

    To trash a Library: drag the entire iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the trash and empty the trash.

    Regards

    TD
  • MamaKatie Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for the great information!

    My only question... If I don't delete my current iPhoto library from my computer (I have it on the external hard drive already), won't my computer still run just as slow?
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    Yes, so do delete the Library on your Mac. However, Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and choose the Library on the External. From that point on that will be your Library. New photos will get put into there and so on.

    Regards

    TD
  • MamaKatie Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you!!