how to reduce size of iPhoto library

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by msarway, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. msarway macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2007
    New York City
    is there a way to reduce the size of the file or export part of the file so its not so big or a way to create a separate file and revert to either one. but what i want to do is offload the pics and revert back to them when i need to.

    i know i can move the current file to and ext hard drive and start a new one but i dont want to do that all i want to do is reduce the amount of the current one and store the older pics on a hard drive.
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    When you import photos from an external drive, you have the option, in iPhoto Preferences>Advanced, of whether or not to copy items to your iPhoto Library.

    So you could export photos from iPhoto to your external drive, delete them from iPhoto, and then re-import from the external with the above option un-ticked.

    The photos will then appear in iPhoto but will be stored on the external. However, you will need to have that external drive connected to double click on a picture in iPhoto and view/edit it.

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