12309 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2011 1:37 PM by jimcaleh
It's very simple.
Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
1. Quit iPhoto
2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.
3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.
4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.
I too am trying to move my library to an external HDD. I followed the steps you laid out. The copying was instant so i figured it never moved the pics. Get Info tells me iphoto on ext HDD is 7.5 Mb not 70 GB as on my internal HDD. Tried to open and gave me no pictures in library. Held down option key and clicked on iPhoto and selected old location and it now too gives me no photos. I know they are not gone but I don't know how to access them now.
I can ask and answer my own questions.
Turns out I only copied the iPhoto library shortcut to the ext HDD.
Odd though, the shortcut does not have the arrow as other aliases do.
When I went back and tried to open old location it was no longer linked.
I have since found actual location of iPhoto library and am in the process of copying to ext HDD.
Live and learn ............