Export Photos Preserving Albums

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by littledaveuk, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. littledaveuk macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2016
    Apologies for asking for help on my first post but im under pressure not to lose any photos from my GF

    I know its possible to export the photos from mac Photos to an external hdd, but can this be done whilst preserving the Albums etc.

    On another note it seems my girlfriend has 2 files which im assuming is the photo libraries.

    • Photos Library 2.photoslibrary - 29 August 2015 - 43GB
    • Photos Library.photoslibrary - Today - 96GB

    Is the Photos Library 2.photoslibrary a left over from when the iPhoto upgraded to Photos?

    Im looking to export all photos and albums to a external HDD, and install a fresh SSD to the Macbook with a clean install of Capitan.

    Any help would be appreciated as i dont really get on with the Mac's
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    iPhoto had a way to export and save the "events" structure, but I have not found any way to do that with albums in Photos.

    Both those libraries you have there are Photos libraries and neither is an iPhoto library (assuming nobody renamed anything). The old iPhoto library would be named "iPhoto Library.migratedphotolibrary" by default after the Photos import.

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