help copying iPhoto library to WD My Book Quick

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  1. pkreder26 macrumors newbie

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    NEED HELP IN A QUICK WAY!!!!

    I have a iMac OSX 10.5.8 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and I am trying to copy my entire library contents in iPhoto to a Western Digital My Book Essential 2.0 (1TB capacity). I am fairly computer literate but kinda not.

    How do I copy all my photos (21K photos & 102GB worth) which are mostly RAW format onto the WD external drive???

    I'm really at a loss. I am moving out and the computer is staying but I want to take my iPhoto contents with me.

    HELP!!!! 1st time use in this forum...hoping for big things.

    thanks in advance

    :D
     
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Go to your Pictures Folder and there will be either a folder called iPhoto Library or a file representing your iPhoto library. Drag and drop that file onto your external hard drive. Moving 102GB will take some time. If I understand correctly, that is a USB 2.0 drive which means it will take well over an hour to transfer the data.
     
  3. pkreder26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    where is that pictures folder? It's not the iphoto on the dock right? I'm just Mac-illiterate enough to make this a pain in the ass...thanks for the help
     
  4. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Go to your Hard Drive and on the left side panel there should be an icon called your "username" - whatever that would be. The pictures folder will be in there.
     
  5. pkreder26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok

    so I got everything on the WD external hard drive. Now I am trying to plug it into my friends macbook and view the files...the library is there on the drive...but when I open it...HIS iPhoto library comes up. How do I view and access my photos on his computer.
     
  6. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Double-Click your library to open it. His iPhoto application is opening his library by default. You can also hold down the Option key while opening iPhoto to present a "Choose Library" window.
     
  7. pkreder26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    I will try that today...you have been a great help. Nice avatar by the way!!!
     
  8. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Glad I could help. Thanks, I love The Office!
     

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