10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 10:08 AM by LarryHN
keithyboy Level 1 Level 1

Hello,

I have a brand new mac air with iphoto 11. I have multiple albums on my old macbook pro and old iphoto. I have been able to copy over the photos but the new iphoto will not recognise my albums. My iphone has the albums on it also. would appreciate any feedback or advice.

Thanks

Keith

  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    No importing involved - just move the library over

     

    Connect the two Macs together (network, firewire target mode, etc) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old Mac to the pictures folder of the new Mac - launch iPhoto on the new mac and it will open the library and convert it as needed and you will be ready move forward.

     

    LN

  • PenthouseOne Level 1 Level 1

    My exact same question as keithboy. Can this also be accomplished by putting the old iPhoto library on a flash drive and moving that file to the Pictures folder on the new Mac? Or do the two Macs need to be connected? Not sure how to connect an old PowerBook to a new MacBook Air.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife

    Yes it can be copied to a drive and then on to the new machine.

  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    Yes - IF the flash drive is formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) - or you can use an external hard drive - the key is to always have the iPhoto library on a volume formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) and to always keep it intact as a single entity

     

    LN

  • keithyboy Level 1 Level 1

    Hello Larry, thanks for the email. I've got a new macbook air and no firewire port. I originally used time machine to back up my old mac on a portable drive then simply copied my whole iphoto folder from this drive to the new mac and its found everything all my pictures but NO albums. they dont exist on my new machine......

    Regards

    Keith

  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    You can not "simply copy" Time Machine backups - you must restore them - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

     

    TM does not clone your files - it saves them so it can reassemble themfor the time you want

     

    LN

  • PenthouseOne Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Keith and Larry, not sure if this clears up the problem or not. I currently have ten years of photos and albums on and old PowerBook from 2001 (yes, it's older than dirt!) I just purchased a new MacBook Air. If I move my current library file to my new Mac will I just get the photos or will all my albums be reconstructed in the new iPhoto 11 as well? I am currently using iPhoto 7.1.5. (yes, older than dirt!). I haven't done anything yet to the files and just want to get it cleared up. I would hate to have to recreate many dozens of albums from a "pile" of photos. It sounds like from what you have said that I will indeed just get a pile of photos only. Thanks again for your help guys!

    Larry

  • PenthouseOne Level 1 Level 1

    My ancient laptop does not have TimeMachine capability--it's older than dirt!

    Larry

  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    @PenthouseOne

     

    that is the problem with threadjacking - it condfuses you and other readers

     

    my answer was to KeithBoy not you and was directly adressing his comment

    I originally used time machine to back up my old mac on a portable drive then simply copied my whole iphoto folder from this drive to the new mac

    It has nothing to do with your question - obvioulsy you do not have exactly the same question

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    @PenthouseOne

     

    Again the dangers of threadjacking - the entire original thread is about moving the iPhoto library without losing organization (albums and events, etc) - when you move the iPhoto library intact and convert it you have exactly what you had on the old system

     

     

    I have not idea where you saw this in any answer

     

    It sounds like from what you have said that I will indeed just get a pile of photos only.

     


    LN