4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 9, 2012 10:47 AM by LarryHN
waltseale Level 1 Level 1

It looks to me like once I move an album to my ext hd that the photos are not removed from my iphoto on my internal hd?  I want to free up space but only want to back up certain albums.


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
Reply by Terence Devlin on Jun 9, 2012 8:37 AM Helpful

How are you moving them? Exporting does not remove material from iPhoto.

 

Why not have two Libraries, one on your internal drive, one on the external?

 

Here's one way to do what you want:

 

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.

 

Now you have two full versions of the Library.

 

3. On the Internal library, trash the Events you don't want there

 

Now you have a full copy of the Library on the External and a smaller subset on the Internal

 

Some Notes:

 

As a general rule: when deleting photos do them in batches of about 100 at a time. iPhoto can baulk at trashing large numbers at one go.

 

You can choose which Library to open: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'

 

You can keep the Library on the external updated with new imports using iPhoto Library Manager

Reply by LarryHN on Jun 9, 2012 9:43 AM Helpful

Note that you are not making a backup. To have a backup you must have your original and one or more copies of it. You are archiving photos not backing the up. If yor archive device failes you will lose your photos. If you primary library failes yor will not be able to restore it but will have to start over with a new iPhoto library

 

To back up you must have a copy of the entire iPhoto library

 

LN

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife

    How are you moving them? Exporting does not remove material from iPhoto.

     

    Why not have two Libraries, one on your internal drive, one on the external?

     

    Here's one way to do what you want:

     

    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.

     

    Now you have two full versions of the Library.

     

    3. On the Internal library, trash the Events you don't want there

     

    Now you have a full copy of the Library on the External and a smaller subset on the Internal

     

    Some Notes:

     

    As a general rule: when deleting photos do them in batches of about 100 at a time. iPhoto can baulk at trashing large numbers at one go.

     

    You can choose which Library to open: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'

     

    You can keep the Library on the external updated with new imports using iPhoto Library Manager

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    Note that you are not making a backup. To have a backup you must have your original and one or more copies of it. You are archiving photos not backing the up. If yor archive device failes you will lose your photos. If you primary library failes yor will not be able to restore it but will have to start over with a new iPhoto library

     

    To back up you must have a copy of the entire iPhoto library

     

    LN

  • waltseale Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks. I am backing up the entire library but what I'm wondering about is: I now want to delete albums and delete the photos in them at the same time.  Each album contains photos from multiple events.  Is it possible to delete albums and the photos with going thru the events?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    Command - option - delete

     

    See http://www.apple.com/support/iphoto/hottips/shortcuts.html for all iPhoto keyboard shortcuts

     

    LN