Export Photos In The Photos App

EDLIU

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 20, 2015
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I'm trying to clean install my MacBook Pro. I need to backup the photos in the Photos app(Mac). Should I export in the Photos app and save them on an external hard disk drive? Do I need to save the original photos on the ext. hdd too?
 

EDLIU

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 20, 2015
196
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What are the differences between "Export Unmodified Original" and "Export Items"?

Why "Export Unmodified Original" just took a few seconds, but "Export Items" took 4 hours?
 

Weaselboy

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Just save the whole Photos library file to an external drive then copy it back over after. That will preserved both your original and edited files, along with any organization like albums you have setup.