Best way to get photos from external HDD into iCloud?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 19, 2010
What is the best way to get photos on an external HDD into iCloud?


macrumors newbie
Aug 1, 2019
Only import them manually into the Photos app (the iCloud Photos option must be turned on).

Just drag and drop a folder with photos and videos to “My Albums” in the sidebar. Or use File > Import, and select the Keep Folder Organization checkbox.

Most importantly, if you don’t have enough space on your internal drive, move the Photos Library to any external drive first.

P. S. I've already successfully used this technique on hundreds of gigs. Then I turned on the Optimize Mac Storage option to save space on Mac.
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David L. Coffin

macrumors newbie
Mar 19, 2020
this I wish I could do-- show up at a server location with my drive, stick it in and super-speed upload right into it, bypassing the Internet entirely. 700 gb of photos, me. sigh.
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