This didn't work form me.
The folder shows as "trash" in finder, with all the jpg files I had copied, but the flashdrive will not accept the folder (forbiden sign when I hover over drive icon to drop off folder).
It does accept individual pics, but I have 9000, and mac will not drag the whole bunch together.
I know I must been missing something very basic here, HELP PLEASE!!!!!
The folder shows as "trash" in finder, with all the jpg files I had copied,
Please explain - this makes no sense - did you drag the folder to the trash?
(forbiden sign when I hover over drive icon to drop off folder).
this can mean the flash drive is locked - it may also mean that you have too large a folder for it - what is the size of the flash drive? What is the size of the folder with 9000 pictures?
OH, there IS someone out there! Thanks for replying :-)
I used finder to locate all pics (.jpg) that were sitting around and intended to save them in memory stick and free macpro. Some of the pics were on desktop, AND iphoto, AND documents. Unnecessary space eaten up by them.
I "selected all", and tried to drag them to the memory stick, as I've done in the past with docs, in groups or individually. They would not move. I tried with individual pics, no problem. In edit It said something about "copy 10 items" but I had 9000, mac has to do better than that.
So, I created a blank folder on the desktop, and placed it on the left bar, for easy drag.
All good till then. Highlighted all pics and tried to drag (I believe finder was getting this list from "documents", not desktop). It did not work at first, but it may have taken a long time for mac to actually handle the job. Finally the colorful wheel told me mac was doing something, and voila! all pics were there (well, no, now that you ask for size, I notice I have exactly half :-P) I open the folder, it looks like all the pics I had.
Now I try to drag folder to memory stick. I get the circle with bar across (forbidden) sign. Surprised, I go back to folder, this time I notice the location, and it is trash, folder. Period. Can't get screen shot uploaded here for you.
Actual size, 3.19GB (that's why I want to get that out of laptop) for 4,990 items.
And yes, memory stick only has about 2 GB, but I'd would hope it would take as much as possible, and then close. Not?
Not - you need to adaquate space to work
And stay away from all pics - it is not a folder but a list of photos and it is really easy to damage your iPhoto library usign photos in All Pics -- NEVER delete any photos from there
what you need is to purchase an external hard drive and move your iPhoto libary there -
Moving the iPhoto library is safe and simple - quit iPhoto and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity to the external drive - depress the option key and launch iPhoto using the "select library" option to point to the new location on the external drive - fully test it and then trash the old library on the internal drive (test one more time prior to emptying the trash)
And be sure that the External drive is formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) (iPhoto does not work with drives with other formats) and that it is always available prior to launching iPhoto
And backup soon and often - having your iPhoto library on an external drive is not a backup and if you are using Time Machine you need to check and be sure that TM is backing up your external drive
Thanks for trying.
But iphoto is not involved in this.
Neither is "all pics". I am talking about pics sitting around on the desktop to be filed or modified.
I do own an external hard drive, compatible. But I also learned that the average life of those is 5 years, same as many laptops. So I consider myself $150 out, but will not risk losing all within 5 years, since my loyal macbook is past her prime already.
I decided to store stuff in baby steps into memory sticks. I had them since they came up, and they have not dissapointed me. Question is, can't seem to move that folder, or the whole group at once.
I don't think, I know that the best external drives last that long, and I want my stuff not to go away.
The oldest memory sticks I have with me are fine still, after +-8 years. My last flashdrives are 8GB or more, so I can actually save stuff by subject for a really long time. For the relatively small stuff I deal with, this is enough. Online storage on reputable places does the rest.
This pic issue is the first problem I had so far.