New to Mac-transfering files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Andrew83Ga, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Andrew83Ga macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2009
    Just bought a 13" 2.53 macbook pro. I love it and while the transition process is pretty fun (See ya Vista!), I wonder if I've done the file transfer correctly, mainly with my photos.

    What I did was drag them to the Hard drive, and into the "User Pictures" folder within the Library. I later noticed that under my user account, were the familiar, "Movies, Music, Pictures, etc" folders. Should I have put the pictures there? Does it matter? I've already uploaded them into iPhoto as well.

    Am I wasting HD space by having them in 2 locations or does it even work that way? I'm not a tech dunce, but a newbie when it comes to this stuff for sure.

    Thanks for the help and hopefully I posted in the correct forum. My apologies if I didn't!
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    If they are already in iPhoto then you don't need to upload them again. They are saved under. Username/Pictures/iPhoto Library

    If you control click (hit control in click or right click) on the iPhoto Library it will open up the library to show you in finder the different pictures.
  3. Andrew83Ga thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2009
    thank you for the reply. Just to clarify, since they are in iPhoto, they should I put this..."as saved as they need to be"? What is the "User Pictures" folder in the hard drive library for? Just want to understand it. Doesn't seem to make sense to have the same photos saved in multiple locations. OR, is it just that if I had uploaded them with iPhoto before I put them in the HD, they would have gone to that "User Pictures" folder automatically?...I swear I'm not an imbecile! haha
  4. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    Well since I use a thumbdrive for Time Machine backups and don't have room to back up the iPhoto library, I make a fresh copy of it every so often (I don't add very much to it) to another thumb drive. I may switch to an external HD for backup soon, though.

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