moving iPhoto library to an external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mark2288, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. mark2288 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Hey all.

    I recently got a bus-powered USB drive to store music, photos, and school stuff.

    I successfully moved my iTunes library over to it, but was having trouble figuring out how to move my iTunes library over.

    So I came here! :)

    Thanks in advance.
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Do you mean iTunes library as the post states, or iPhoto library as the title states?

    If it's for iPhoto, I recommend an app called iPhoto Buddy to help you manage multiple libraries. It rocks.

    Copy your iPhoto folder from the Pictures directory to your external, then use iPhoto buddy to point to that new folder. The instructions are easy to follow once you download the program.
  3. Synapple macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2004
    Rome, Italy
    What he said.

    Or, since I had never heard of iPhoto Buddy, I did the following.

    Move the library in its entirety. (Do NOT mess with the innards.) ("Move" as in "copy").

    Hold down the Alt key the next time you start iPhoto and point iPhoto to the library on the external drive.
    If you are sure that everything is OK after that, trash the original library on the internal drive.
  4. mark2288 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    got it. i copied it over to the external and then loaded iPhoto holding down crtl+alt+shift and choose the new library.

    so i ended up not using iPhoto buddy but it's installed in case i need it.


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