3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2009 1:57 PM by LarryHN
Dennis_S Level 1 (5 points)
I recently had to change the location of my pics from one HDD to another. The original drive was a network attached drive the and the new one is USB attached directly to the computer.
The problem I face now is that even though the iphoto library (which I think are the pointers) is located on the local machine HDD iphoto is trying to look for the pictures files on the original disk and not in the new one and I get a constant error message that the server cannot connect to.
Any ideas of a work around. I really don't want to have to rebuild all my albums.

Mac 24, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    Are you running a Managed or a Referenced Library?

    If you're running a Managed library, then it's the default setting, and iPhoto copies files into the iPhoto Library when Importing

    If you're running a Referenced Library, then you made a change at iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced and iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing.

    If you're running a Managed Library: simply Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and point it at the new location.

    If you're running a Referenced Library then, the bad news is that you'll need to re-connect each photo individually with the Library.


  • Rob A. Level 1 (40 points)
    Is there any option to relocate my "Managed Library" in iPhoto 09?

    What I'm trying to do is move my entire iPhoto library from my HD (OS drive) to my RAID drive. The reason I'm doing this is because I've recently discovered that my Mac runs a lot faster with fewer files on the OS drive (seems to file count not space used). Since I have thousands and thousands of files/pics under iPhoto managed library, I figured this is another good candidate.

    Thanks, Rob.
  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,104 points)
    As long as the RAID drive is a Mac OS extended (journaled) drive you simply quit iPhoto and drag the Managed iPhoto library to the RAID drive intact as a single entity and launch iPhoto while depressing the option (alt) key and point to the new location -- once it is fully tested you can delete the iPhoto library on your internal drive