iphoto: how can I do a partial back up?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sadiek, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. sadiek macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2008
    I'm sure this is a very simple issue, but I can't seem to make sense of things. My iPhoto library is a complete mess. I actually have three libraries, two on my external HD and one on the internal.

    I have been trying to figure out how to simply move any new pics that I've downloaded on to my internal drive on to the external drive so I have a back up. I was hoping to just select the photos I want to move, then drag them over but it will not let me.

    Any suggestions to help me keep things backed up and in order?
  2. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Try a product called iPhoto Library Manager. It has several good features that should help you.
  3. tibi08 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    Perhaps if you just used one library, then you could use Time Machine for your backups. You seem to be makings things unnecessarily complicated for yourself!
  4. sadiek thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2008
    I will look in to the iphoto library manager. Thank you.

    As for having only one library, the reason I have more than one is because I do not always have access to my external HD when I need to download photos, such as when I'm traveling. Suppose I could just download photos to my laptop into a folder and NOT to iphoto until I have access to my external drive? I was hoping to avoid that and just be able to download things onto my laptop, then transfer them to my external drive eventually for backup.

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