How do you use Photos if photos are on external drive?

komatsu

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How do you use Photos app if photos are on external drive?

I do not want to copy these photos over - because there is simply not enough room on the internal SSD.

Any workarounds to this?
 

harriska2

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I don't know what computer you have but I use a Mac mini. I put an external drive on it and use reference pointing for Photos. So the photos are not actually stored in Photos app, but a reference pointer to the physical file located on the external drive. This way I can store all my photos in folders (by year/month) and only add select photos to my Photos app (curated).
 
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Dave Braine

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Either of the two above will work.

Moving the Photos Library to the external is probably the better way. With a referenced Library, there's always the possibility of accidentally deleted the originals on the external, and then Photos can't find the picture.
 
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