2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2012 11:32 PM by Terence Devlin
Brandi Mahon Level 2 Level 2

I have iPhoto 7.1.5 and I have run out of hard drive space to store all of my photos and videos.... I moved the library to an external hard drive and am able to access it no problem, but I am wondering if there is a way to archive albums or pictures that I dont want to have access to on my local hard drive but yet still have my most current stuff on my local without messing up the library???

Mac OS X (10.2.x)
  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    Only with two libraries. One on each hard drive. iPhoto Library Manager is a great tool for managing multiple libraries



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10

    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