Can i Just drag my iPhoto Library to an external Disk ?

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  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    my current iPhoto Library is almost 200GB's and i'd like to
    start fresh and just back it up and start with an empty Library.

    Can i just drag my iPhoto Library to my external disk and back it
    up that way ?

    thanks!!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Yep, I move my Aperture Libraries around and when its time to fire one of them up, I just double click on it
     
  3. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Yup. It's actually just a giant archive, with all your original pictures, meta data, edits and thumbnails included.
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Hold down Alt when starting iPhoto, to select the location of your external library, or create a new.
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    In my experience, the external disk needs to be formatted to OS X native HFS+. I tried with an exFAT disk, and although Finder moved over all the files, it complained at the end that it could not set metadata or ACL-s or something like that.
    So yes - as long as your disk is in HFS+ format, Finder will move the library over very happily. If not, then you may have a problem.
     
  6. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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