Help with SD card photos

af05

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Original poster
Mar 5, 2019
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Is there any way to view photos saved as a library on my SD card without importing the entire library back into my MacBook? I saved the library, which is over 150gb, and my MacBook doesn’t have enough memory to store the entire library in order to open it. Is there any way to view photos directly on the SD card, or to save a large number of photos without being stored in a library?

Thank you so much for your help.
 

LogicalApex

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Nov 13, 2015
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Hold down Option while you click on the Photos App you should then be able to pick your library from your SD card and open it without needing to import it back to your Mac.
 

af05

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 5, 2019
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I get this message when I try to open it from the SD card:
"The library “Photos Library (original)” could not be opened because it is on a read-only volume. Please copy it to a different volume and open that copy."
 

Longkeg

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Jul 18, 2014
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If you can drill into that library and get to the actual jpegs, and if all you want to do is view the photos, I find it’s sometimes simpler to open the photos in Preview. Either way you may want to consider a sizable external, portable drive to move you Photos library to.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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Agree with af05.
Get ANOTHER drive (SD card, USB flashdrive, USB external drive, etc.)
Copy the library from the problem SD card to the new drive.
Try opening the library from the new drive.

If that works, I'd try this:
1. Unlock problem SD card
2. ERASE problem SD card.
3. Use Disk Utility to "repair disk" on the SD card. What kind of report do you get?
4. If it's a good report, keep using it.
5. If it won't erase, time to retire it.