iCloud Photo Library for 500GB+ worth of photos

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  1. Aragornii macrumors 6502

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    I have a large library of photos and videos, over 500GB worth. I'd like to use iCloud photo library, but I don't need it for all of my photos going back 10 or more years.

    Is it possible to have just a portion of your photos included in the photo library, like having it only include photos from the past year?

    Or would I need to create multiple libraries and have the older libraries not be part of iCloud?
     
  2. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    you would need to create separate libraries. One would be your main library that is the system and linked to iCloud and the other(s) could be a localized library
     
  3. elvisidal macrumors member

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    Yeah I'm in a similar situation I split my libraries into a few different ones with 1 designated as my system library

    I took this opportunity to do some hard editing of photos removing duplicates etc and organise them then exported them into folders.
    Dropped these photos into iCloud drive as a folder under documents so if need be they can be accessed but they're not synced by the Photos app.
     
  4. Aragornii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do you go about splitting a Photos library into multiple libraries while preserving all the attributes like original and modified versions of photos, etc?
     
  5. elvisidal macrumors member

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  6. ricosuave macrumors 6502

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    If you have Aperture, you can export an album as a new library.
     

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