Accessing an old hardrive via a New Macbook Air

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rehesq, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. rehesq macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2016
    Hi All,

    I have recently bought a New Macbook Air to replace an old white Macbook. I have kept the Hard drive from the old macbook, it had a 1tb disk in. I have housed this in an external hard drive unit and when I plug it in it picks up fine.

    My main query is the best way to access photos from the hard drive. THe old hard drive used iPhoto, whereas the new Air has Photos app. When I try to open the iphoto library from the external HDD it asks me if I want to upgrade my library. Is this OK to do? I am very cautious as I'd hate to lose my photos on my external HDD


  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    It shouldn't hurt the iPhoto library on the external to simply IMPORT the photos into your new machine - it should leave the archive intact. What I wouldn't do is map your new machine to the library on the external, basically treating it as the "active" library for your MBA.
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    If your worried about losing your photos, you should have at least three copies though. Hard drives get stolen and fail (even an SSD).
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Agree with Apple fanboy above.

    Get a SECOND external drive to back up everything else!

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