1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 8:47 PM by LarryHN
Nehaq Level 1 Level 1

My Mac book pro HD was full and I wanted a larger 500GB HDD. I had Best Buy swap out the old drive for a new HDD.

I needed to transfer my iphoto collection to my computer ( with the new high capacity HDD ). I used a adaptor to conncect the now externalized HDD to the mac book pro. It was recognized. I was able to then tranfer my photos from the library to the desktop of my mac book pro (all 12000 pictures and videos ). I then dragged this to iphotos and all 12000 pictures transferred sucessfully. The problem is that I had all of these pictures organized by folders with event names and dates. They did not transfer over like this. All 12000 came over into a single event folder arranged in random order.


HELP! Is there a way to fix this. I need all of these 12000 pictures organized like they were ...in about 200 or so event folders.

The externalized HDD is now unreadable! Dont know what happened to it but now when I connect it, the mac book does not recognize it and it is unreadable..maybe this can be fixed and it still has all of my folders on it with my pictures organized.


I still have the photos sitting in my desk top as well ( from the original tranfer as I did save then to the desk top thankfully )


Any advise is appreciated


Thank you

MacBook Pro
  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    You do not provide details of how you transfered the iPhoto library - the correct way is

    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


    You do not transfer photos and you do not import anything - just drag the iPhoto library package accross and open it with iPhoto