iTunes and iPhoto folders

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jshelton, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    I was manually backing up my media last night. I went to Finder and located my iTunes folder. It is actually a folder that expands. I put the entire folder on the external hard drive. Then I went to the iPhoto folder and dragged it over to the external as well. The iPhoto library was a single icon and not a folder that was expandable. Why is this?
  2. acxz macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2007
    Because it's a library, not a folder. You can right click > Show Package Contents and see what I mean.
  3. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    It's not a library either. It's just an ordinary folder with a special attribute that Finder uses to determine how to display it. If you look at it in Terminal, it looks no different from any other directory.
  4. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    So dragging the iPhoto icon from Finder over to the external hard drive is saving all of the photos, correct?

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