Photos app: Can photos be stored in separate folders on external drive?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by sampdoria, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. sampdoria macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    I keep photos stored in an external hard drive attached to a Mac Mini. The Mac Mini is shared by my family. We each save our own photos in separate folders in the external hard drive.

    In iPhoto, Preferences, Advanced, Importing: "Copy items to the iPhoto Library" is unchecked. When I "Reveal in Finder" any photo in iPhoto, it opens a Finder window to where the photo is stored in the external hard drive.

    Would I be able keep photos stored in the external drive with the Photos app?

    Would I be able to keep photos in separate folders on the external drive (i.e. not copy items into the Photos Library) and just "reference" the location like I am able to in iPhoto?
  2. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    That's what I do. I still find the Photos app flaky, but I don't use the cloud for storage.

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