Move your iPhoto 09 Library to an External Drive

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David Vigliotti

When I went to move the iphoto to the external hard drive, I was asked if I wanted to "replace" iphoto. We have a previous library already stored on the hard drive. I know I do not want to replace it. Can you advise how to move the "new" iphoto library to the external hard drive w/out replacing the one previously moved? Thanks.

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JohnT

After storing the iPhoto 09 Library onto an External Hard Drive can you still extract photos to an iPad?

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ksbarrett

I don't want to move the last 2 years, but everything prior to that I would like to move to my external drive. I'm only connected to the external drive about once a week for backups. Is there a way to do only some of my library?
How do I "marry" the external drive photos then to iPhoto when I open it on my MacBook and am connected to the external drive?

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Prinzivalli

I followed your directions to a T and while I can open iPhoto via ext drive, the pics do not show - they are there but I can only see them when I select "edit" however, I cannot edit, open, copy, nothing...what did I do? How can I recover?

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goldfinch

Try iPhoto Library Manager, http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/      It merges libraries, also makes it easier to have separate libraries.

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PaulBern

I'm using Mac OS X Tiger with iLife/iPhoto 08. I read the comment about getting the Move your iPhoto for older versions but so far haven't found it. Did I miss something? I tried the procedure here for iPhoto 09 but it did not work. I have a 320 GB drive in my Mac Mini and a 500 GB drive in a V stack box for backup. Somehow my iPhoto files were missing when I opened the program in the mini but they are still intact on the external drive. What could cause the photos to disappear?

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cazzie98

I like this idea and it seems easy, is there a way to consolidate 2 iphoto libraries?

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wendygym

Yes!!! I am still on am imac G5 running Tiger & iLife '06 and have over 15,000 photos, 2 external drives (250 GB-full/ 750GB with 500GB free. I need to access old photos, but don't need them to be on my original hard drive (160GB).

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Myschief247

Ok, some of us can't upgrade as often as we'd like. Does it work the same way for older iPhoto versions or are there separate tricks? My nine-year-old iMac with the 13 GB hard drive could use some room and I have a 500 GB external drive just begging for my iPhoto library.

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Roberto Baldwin

Hi,

I'll try to get a how-to posted for older versions of iPhoto this week. 

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Rebelord

I noticed you made this comment...

"We also want to remind you that you should backup your iPhoto Library on a regular basis since it'll no longer be part of your Time Machine backup."

But I noticed that Time Machine does backup my external drives that I use with my Macbook Pro. I think Time Machine has preferences to actually include your external drives along with your computer, but you obviously would need a big enough Time Machine hard drive, plus you might need to check your settings.

Sincerely,
Rebelord

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