Taming 30gig iPhoto library

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by akm3, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Hey, I take a lot of pictures, 15,000+ so far. They have all happily dumped into iPhoto, and everything is working fine.

    But, my iPhoto library has grown to 30gigs, which on a laptop is a very significant chunk of very limited space. I take Large 'basic' jpg's, but each file is 4mb, and then there are the duplicates when I edit them, etc, etc.

    What can I do to manage this ever growing beast?

    Ideally, I'd like a way to designate some of the photo events to be moved to an external hard drive, but still 'exist' in my iPhoto library for when I want to make photo books or iMovies or something.

    Help? I think I might have outgrown iPhoto.
     
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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  4. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Would migrating to Aperture be a potential solution?
     
  5. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Aperture is WAY better than iPhoto. But the library will still be big. I have a small library for Aperture and a large library for iPhoto.
     

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  6. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    How do you manage bouncing items between the two? Do you store your iPhoto stuff off primary disk?
     
  7. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    My Aperture Library is on my MacBook Pro while the 10 iPhoto Libraries are on an external HD. When I'm in a rush, I will import the photos into Aperture. I don't use Aperture nearly enough as I should. Its a great program.

    If you haven't seen it:
    http://www.apple.com/aperture/
     
  8. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ohhh, the timeliness.

    So, now iPhoto crashes if my library is open more than ~15 seconds. I boot iphoto, I can perform maybe one operation (say, click into an event and maybe open a photo) and then iPhoto goes unresponsive, and I have to force quit it.

    I've rebooted, etc. I created a new iphoto library that works fine. But if I go into my old one, it's toasty.

    Is my iPhoto library corrupt? Any tips?
     
  9. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps its too big?

    You'll probably have to make sub-libraries of the 30GB library. Once you have all your photos into new libraries, delete the 30GB one.
     

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