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Question: Cant copy photos library from HDD to New Mac

facing an issue copying my photos library from my external HDD to my new Mac. The ext HDD was my backup for my pro and formatted accordingly but when copying to my new macbook air it gives an error of a duplicate file name. Tried to compress in vain

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How is the external HD formatted and connected to your new Mac? It should be OS X Extended (journaled). Anything else is incompatible with the complex ecosystem of file permissions and hard links.



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Dec 16, 2017 12:17 PM in response to nuttyking In response to nuttyking

How is the external HD formatted and connected to your new Mac? It should be OS X Extended (journaled). Anything else is incompatible with the complex ecosystem of file permissions and hard links.



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Dec 16, 2017 12:17 PM

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Dec 16, 2017 12:21 PM in response to Old Toad In response to Old Toad

Thanks OT. But how do I know the formatting of the HDD. I have it connected it via the USB port.


When I have the HDD connected to the Mac, I can view the pics via the Photo app but if its disconnected, the app ask me to connect the HDD without which it can't even open the app

Dec 16, 2017 12:21 PM

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Dec 16, 2017 4:15 PM in response to nuttyking In response to nuttyking

Case Sensitive

Case Sensitive formatting is not recommended as some apps will change the case of the extension, like from .jpg to .JPG, and will cause problems. Copying from a case sensitive format, however, should not be a problem. You might want to correct that in the future.


When are you trying to copy the library to: the Pictures folder? Try to the Desktop and see if that is successful.

Dec 16, 2017 4:15 PM

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