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Question: How to view photos on external hardrive

My wife has a zillion pictures on her iPad 2 that she would like to delete. All the pics/videos have been downloaded in the iPhoto app on our iMac. We also have an external hard drive on the iMac. She does not want to delete the pics on her iPad until she can see them on the back up hardrive. How does one view those files on the back up hard drive? The back up hard drive brand is Seagate.


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Nov 17, 2017 3:58 PM in response to slalomer In response to slalomer

1. Back up the iPhoto Library to the Hard Drive.

Most Simple Back Up:

Drag the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to another Disk. This will make a copy on that disk.

Slightly more complex: Use an app that will do incremental back ups. This is a very good way to work. The first time you run the back up the app will make a complete copy of the Library. Thereafter it will update the back up with the changes you have made. That makes subsequent back ups much faster. Many of these apps also have scheduling capabilities: So set it up and it will do the back up automatically.

Example of such apps: Chronosync- but there are many others. Search on MacUpdateor the App Store

2. Open it to check it works. To choose a Library to open:

Hold down the option (or alt) key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'


3. Export the pictures from iPhoto to the external drive: File -> Export and use the image viewer as Old Toad suggests.

This User Tip


has details of the options in the Export dialogue.

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