can i stop iphoto from launching when i insert my thumb drive

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by ericac, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    when i insert my thumb drive (usb) iphoto launches. it doesn't offer to import, just gets in my way! i'm sure there are a few photos on the drive, but the bulk of what's on there is other data types, text, pdf, a bunch of stuff...

    so can i make iphoto stop launching?
    tia, erica
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Saw this on another forum for iPhoto '08. Hope it helps you.

     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    right, i know about that preference... but I do have a camera I use, too, and like that iphoto launches when I plug that in. I also have an external harddrive that plugs in via usb and iphoto does not launch. I was hoping I could flag the drive somehow as "don't launch iphoto when mounting".
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    You could try System Preferences -> CDs and DVDs -> When you insert a picture CD [Ignore].

    I don't know if that counts for USB drives as well, though.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It sounded good :D but unfortunately did not change the behavior...
     
  6. macrumors 68040

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    By any chance do you have a folder named DCIM on the flash drive? iPhoto is expecting a similarly named folder when you connect a digital camera so when the Mac detects a connected device with such a folder it may auto-launch. Just regular JPEGs on a flash drive shouldn't cause it to open like that.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah ha!! No, I did not have a DCIM, but in that vein, I renamed "images" to something else and iphoto quit launching :D

    yay, thank you very much!!!
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    who'd of thought

    This same issue was making me crazy with a kingston 4GB thumb drive. None of my other drives behaved this way - so I assumed it was something about the identifier branded to the kingston drive. Turns out I also had a folder called "images". Renamed it - problem solved. I assume this was a result of one of those "intelligent" upgrades to IPhoto. I rather strongly suspect we are not the only ones to go through this recently...

    Thanks guys!
     

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