Reinstalling Lion, How to back up iPhoto library?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by dacoolest, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. dacoolest macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    Hi, I want to reinstall OS X Lion for some reason and I have about 2GB of photos in my iPhoto. How do I back up them ? I want them to appear the same way when I put them back after reinstalling. Any idea?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Are you allowing iPhoto to manage the files?

    If so, copy the iPhoto Library file over to an external drive.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Copy the iPhoto Library file you use located at Macintosh HD / Users / YOU / Pictures / to an external storage device and after reinstalling Mac OS X 10.7 Lion copy it back to that folder.
    Don't you use some kind of backup mechanism?

  4. dacoolest thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    Yes, that is enabled. Thanks for the reply.

    Thanks for the reply. No I do not have any kind of backup mechanism, my macbook pro recently stopped recognizing the external HDD which has been used as a backup drive.


    One more question, would this mess up my bootcamp partition or the windows 7 installation?

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