4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 6, 2012 12:39 AM by Terence Devlin
BG Big Apple Level 1 (0 points)

I have approx 300-350 gigs of images in my iPhoto (total for iMac is 500gb) I only have 4gigs of ram so performance is sooo slow! It is time for a new iMac but in the meantime can I do something to make at least the last 12 months of photos searchable without significant slowness?  Can I compress them?  Move them to a new Album or folder?  I need to access the photos quickly and every day so I don't want to bury them someplace inconvenient to access.


iMac (24-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.8), 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4 GB 800
  • RRFS Level 5 (4,490 points)

    These links might provide you with the information you need.

     

    iPhoto '11: Move your iPhoto library to a new location

    If you’ve created multiple photo libraries, be sure to move only the library currently displayed when iPhoto is open. To move a different library, you first need to switch to it

     

     

    iPhoto Rebuild

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2638

    Shared Library

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1198

  • BG Big Apple Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  What will I accomplish by moving my iPhoto to a new location? MY primary problem is uploading photos to my website.  In Firefox (or Safari) I have to select and search to upload the image I want.  The iPhoto library is so large that I have the 'beachball' for20 minutes just when I'm attempting to type in the search term....I can usually only enter two letters, not the whole word.  Then the upload window gives up and closes.  I have to reboot and try again.  If I simply go into iPhoto directly it is pretty easy to search. Unfortunately I cannot drag and drop.  I must select one by one.

    If I move my iPhoto library somewhere else (either on the iMac or simply use the existing backup drive) will I be able to select the images more easily that way?  Remember, my photos are organized by EVENTS.  The individual jpeg images are not named.  If the Event is something belonging to iPhoto then doesn't moving the whole Library disrupt my ability to search by event?

  • BG Big Apple Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  What will I accomplish  by moving my iPhoto to a new location? MY primary problem is uploading  photos to my website.  In Firefox (or Safari) I have to select and  search to upload the image I want.  The iPhoto library is so large that I  have the 'beachball' for20 minutes just when I'm attempting to type in  the search term....I can usually only enter two letters, not the whole  word.  Then the upload window gives up and closes.  I have to reboot and  try again.  If I simply go into iPhoto directly it is pretty easy to  search. Unfortunately I cannot drag and drop.  I must select one by one.

    If  I move my iPhoto library somewhere else (either on the iMac or simply  use the existing backup drive) will I be able to select the images more  easily that way?  Remember, my photos are organized by EVENTS.  The  individual jpeg images are not named.  If the Event is something  belonging to iPhoto then doesn't moving the whole Library disrupt my  ability to search by event?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    How much free space on your Hard Drive?