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iPhoto Backup To External Drive

383 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2011 11:22 PM by Terence Devlin RSS
GSchol1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 22, 2011 2:28 PM

I am currently in the process of backing up all my photos so that I can move the main libraries off of my main drive on my laptop.  I have already moved the "iPhoto Library" file to an external drive (Drive_1), re-routed iphoto to locate  the library there, and then run time machine onto another drive (drive_2) that includes Drive_1.  To give a more visual Layout:


  1. iPhoto is located on Drive_1
  2. iPhoto is backed up through time machine on Drive_2
  3. iPhoto is still on my laptop drive as well


While I have iPhoto backed up at this point in the "library" format through time machine, I would like to make a seperate backup onto a third drive (Photo_Backup_Drive).  However I do not want to have it in the "library" format.  I would like to export all the files as ".jpg"s and ".mv4" etc and stored on Photo_Backup_Drive as straight files.  Is there any way to do this where I can update my iPhoto library and automatically have the files moved  on the "Photo_Backup_Drive" as plain files? Thanks for your suggestions.

iPhoto '08, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:37 PM (in response to GSchol1)

    The only way to get the files from the Library is to export them.


    Apps Like Iphoto2Disk Or Photoshare Will Help You Export To A Folder Tree Matching Your Events. I'm not sure about automating them, but you could try a feature request to one of the makers.


    Why do you think it's necessary to do this? Can't you just 'Show Package Contents' on the Library and there the files are?






  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 11:22 PM (in response to GSchol1)

    Well I would certainly encourage you to have multiple back ups, (I have a total of 5) but I don't think there's a need to export them as well.







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