2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2011 9:52 AM by Klaus1
Mat2912 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi

I have a 1Tb external hdd connected to my Mac. I have a iPhoto library on my external hdd which I can access using the Option key when booting into iPhoto. My question is, I would like to delete some iPhoto folders on my Mac to free up some space. If I then export the library over to the external drive, will this new library then overwrite the existing library on the external drive and therefore I lose those same folders/photos also? I would like to keep these less accessed photos on the external drive, but dont want them overwritten with a new library. Also, Is there a way of backing up new photos to the external drive without always moving the whole library?

Thanks for your advice.

MacBook
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,735 points)
    I have a 1Tb external hdd connected to my Mac. I have a iPhoto library on my external hdd which I can access using the Option key when booting into iPhoto. My question is, I would like to delete some iPhoto folders on my Mac to free up some space. If I then export the library over to the external drive, will this new library then overwrite the existing library on the external drive and therefore I lose those same folders/photos also?


    There is no exporting involved - the iPhoto library is a database and you simply copy it to the external drive as a single entity - this. of course, will replace any existing file/folder/package with the same name so you would rename the existing iPhoto library on the external drive prior to copying the new one

    I would like to keep these less accessed photos on the external drive, but dont want them overwritten with a new library. Also, Is there a way of backing up new photos to the external drive without always moving the whole library?


    Using an incremental backup program - I clone my entire system using Carbon Copy Cloner (SuperDuper is a good choice) - there are also incremental backup programs that others use

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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,425 points)
    Just a footnote to Larry's excellent advice:

    I use an app called SyncTwoFolders for that exact purpose:

    http://synctwofolders.en.softonic.com/mac