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
    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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