7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2013 2:43 PM by léonie
Joseph94133 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to partition my iPhoto photos to another hard drive like I do for iTunes. Can I do this?  Don't see this.  My photos are taking up too much of my computer's hard drive and I have plenty of space on an external.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.2), INtel Core 2 duo
  • 1. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    What is your iPhoto version?

    If you want to use an external drive with iPhoto it should be formated MacOS X Extended (Journaled).

     

    If you are running iPhoto '09 or '11 you can simply do the following:

    • Quit iPhoto. Back up your iPhoto library.
    • Is your iPhoto Library in its default location in the "Pictures" folder? Then drag your iPhoto Library from your "Pictures" folder (or wherever you store it) to your external drive.
    • Launch iPhoto with the "options" key hel down and select the new iPhoto library location. Now iPhoto will work with your library on the external drive.

     

    This procedure is described with more detail in this support article:

    iPhoto: Sharing libraries among multiple users,   the paragraph on "Move the iPhoto library to an external drive"

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    Joseph94133 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Léonie .... that worked and helped me understand the architecture of this program better.

     

    One other question .... Is there a way to clear the trash quicker than the "Secure Empty Trash"?  Now that I'm clearing my hard drive with 200G it's taking a very long time for my hard drive to clear with this menu item.

     

    Thanks for all your help,

     

    Joseph

  • 3. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    You are welcome, Joseph.

    You can simply use "Empty Trash". That will delete the references to the files from the file system. You only need "Secure Empty Trash", if you have incriminating documents in your Trash, that need to be deleted in a way, that makes it absolutely impossible to restore them from the disk. "Secure empty" will erase the files completely, by writing bit for bit a pattern over the area were the files have been. That is why it takes so long to do that.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 4. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    Joseph94133 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Léonie,

     

    I found out that in my preferences I had check the secure trash button which was causing everything to go through that. 

    Thanks again for all your help and quick responses.  I appreciate your time and excellent advice.

     

    Happy New Year,

     

    Joseph

  • 5. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    A very happy New Year to you too!

  • 6. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    Joseph94133 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Léonie,

     

    I have another question if you could please answer.  I've been doing some cleaning of my hardrive.  I found some backup files of my computer on my external drive that we created by TimeMachine.  I deleted these files that I didn't need as back up any longer.  They left files in my Trash which I can't seem to empty.  The files are "System>Library>CoreServices>boot.efi".  The "boot.efi" files are locked.  When I removed them from the Trash to unlock it copies it to my hardrive so the original locked file does not leave.

    How can I remove these?

     

    Thanks again,

     

    Joseph

  • 7. Re: iPhoto Partitioning
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    The simplest way to remove this file would be to download "Trash it!". That is a nice little tool that force empties your Trash; you can download it here:

    Download Trash It! for Mac -  Force-empty your trash can ...

     

     

    Install it, drag to your Dock, then double click it to run it and select "Really Stuck". Then enter your admin password.

     

    All other options I know would require you to run super user commands from the Terminal, which is bit risky when deleting files.

     

    Regards

    Léonie