Photos

teqmter

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Oct 26, 2014
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I Keep all my photos and videos all on a external drive. I would like to clean and start new with Photos and put a copy of my photos on Photos. What is the best way to do this? thanks teqmter
 

Weaselboy

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Have you been using Photos already? If not, just start Photos then drag and drop all your images into the Photos app and they will be imported.

If you have already been using Photos, just hold option key when you launch Photos and you will get a prompt to create a new library. Go ahead and do that then drag and drop the images into Photos.
 

teqmter

macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 26, 2014
53
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Spokane Wa
Have you been using Photos already? If not, just start Photos then drag and drop all your images into the Photos app and they will be imported.

If you have already been using Photos, just hold option key when you launch Photos and you will get a prompt to create a new library. Go ahead and do that then drag and drop the images into Photos.
thanks i'll try that teqmter
 

Fishrrman

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Actually I like your "original storage scheme" better.

It's what I do, myself.
I don't trust ANY application (iPhoto, Photos, Aperture, etc.) to "manage" my photo library.

I keep my "masters" (i.e., untouched originals) in a simple finder "folder/file" hierarchy on an external volume.
I then have my image viewing/editing apps access this storage in "referenced" mode (i.e., the apps DO NOT copy the originals into their libraries).

Now I can access my "master library" from ANY image app I choose, knowing that the masters will always be there.

Aside:
I do the same with music. Even though I have many gigabytes of mp3's, my "iTunes folder" is..... empty.
 
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