importing my old files

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jkramb, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. jkramb macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    I just put in a new hard drive and am moving my stuff from my external HD to my new HD. I opened Iphoto and drug the iphoto folder from my external into iphoto, but for some reason it didn't move my albums. It moved all of my photos, but didn't put them in albums. How can I transfer these so they stay in their albums.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Actually, drag and drop is probably not the best way to handle file transfer to a new HDD, especially for things like iPhoto, iTunes, etc.

    You would be better off using:

    A clone to restore
    Time Machine to restore
    Migration Assistant

    These methods will preserve your structures far better than drag and drop

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. jkramb thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    ok, so how do i clone just my itunes and iphoto from an external drive that has my time machine on it? I don't want everything else that was on my old hard drive?
  4. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    im with macdawg. drag and drop can really be a pain cause you will also have to drag and drop the application support files in the library folder.

    if you have or can get an enclosure for your old drive and just clone it, that will be the easiest way of doing things.

    it's easier to clone the drive and then delete the things you dont need or want than the other way around.

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