exporting Iphoto pictures to harddrive

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by skasol, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. skasol macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    when I try to export my iphoto photos to back them up on a harddrive. everytime I do this, it gives me an error saying that unable to create volume of the folder etc. please help I want to do a fresh install of snow leopard and I don't wanna lose my 4,000 pictures.

    Thank you in advance.

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  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    Are you Exporting from iPhoto? Your error message seems odd. Like it's trying to create a disk volume instead of just moving pictures. Try again and make sure you have enough space on the backup drive.

  3. skasol thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    I have a 500gb harddrive which is only being used for time machine and now this back up. The pictures are only 21gb. Another question if I do a fresh install of snow leopard can I restore photos from time machine back up?
  4. hickepa2 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2009
    MacBookPro Virgin

    I am experiencing the exact same problem. In addition when I try to open a photo in iPhoto the image does not appear, I get an exclamation mark. When I imported the photos from the camera I acknowledged the option to delete from camera!!!! Now I can see the thumbnail but cannot work with the pictures. aaaaaarrrrrhhhh!
  5. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    I just tried to export my iPhoto library and it told me that I can only export 200 photos at a time. I'm using iPhoto 7 but maybe there is a similar problem with your version.
  6. pigbat macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2005
    If you have a time machine backup you should be okay. You can also copy it manually if you are familiar enough with terminal command line. An example would be:

    rsync --size-only --verbose --progress --stats --recursive --times --links /Users/pigbat/Pictures/* "/Volumes/My Book/backups/iMac/Pictures"

    The directory you're after is /Users/(username)/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Originals.
  7. hickepa2 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2009
    Thanx Chappers, but believe it or not, I am unable to export a single file!

    I have only just bought my first apple, MBP-2.5Ghz-4GRAM, and I want out already.........:mad:
  8. hickepa2 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2009
    thanks for the info pigbat, but thats a bit outside my level of ability on apple stuff. All keep an eye out on ebay for a macbookpro on special offer

    :apple:my arse
  9. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Rather than trying to export the photos, I'd simply copy the library to the external like this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1229

    Then everything stays just like it should and if you need to use that file from the backup, all you have to do is reverse the action, and put it back on your internal drive.
  10. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    I'm also having this problem. I have exported about 5,000 pictures of 24,000 and now I get this message.

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