Transfering iPhoto from iMac to MB Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ndwgolf, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. ndwgolf macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    Phuket Thailand
    I have just spent 2 hours sorting all my iPhoto events on my New iMac and would like to have the same on my MB Air, How can I transfer the iPhoto program/library from my iMac onto my MB Air
  2. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Just copy your iPhoto Library folder from your Pictures folder from one machine to the other. Make sure you save the old iPhoto Library folder if you need it for some reason.

    Depending on the size of your library, you might want to use a wired ethernet connection, or an external drive, since it will be faster than using the Airport.
  3. ndwgolf thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    Phuket Thailand
    Sorry but how do I do that, do I have to make a new folder or just drag and drop into iPhoto on the MB Air?
  4. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Are your two computers on the same network? If so, you can use file sharing to drag the folder between computers.

    Based on your question though, it might be easier to use an external drive. Do you know how large the Library is, and do you have a flash drive that is large enough to hold it?

    Navigate to the Pictures folder and click on the iPhoto Library, so it is selected, and press CMD-I to see the size. Another option is to right click (CTRL-Click) on the Library and select Get Info.

    If your library fits on a flash drive (or external drive you have), you can drag that file off to the flash drive (be careful not to move it out of the Pictures folder on your iMac). It will copy all of the pictures to the external drive.

    When the file copy finishes (it may take a while...), eject the external drive by dragging the EXTERNAL DRIVE Icon to the trash, and then plug the drive in the MB Air. When the drive shows up on the Air, drag the iPhoto Library off the drive into the Picture's folder on the Air.

    If that isn't an option, we can try file sharing...
  5. BlasterU macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    iphoto album will not drag and drop to flash drive

    I have something similar to this question. Mine is every time I go into iphoto
    and try to drag an album to a flash drive, it bounces back to the original spot
    and does not copy onto the flash drive. There is no + (plus sign) like you
    normally see when files are being moved. I have to open up the folder/file
    with the pictures in them then, move the pictures I want on to the flash drive.

    Is there an option key or something that needs to be held down well moving the
    album to the flash drive?

  6. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    Assuming your external drive is not write protected, and doesn't have Windows NTFS filesystem, you can open a terminal window on your old computer and type

    cd ~/Pictures/
    mv iPhoto\ Library /Volumes/Hard_Drive_name

    Then plug the external drive into the new computer, wait until it gets mounted, and type

    cd ~/Pictures
    mv iPhoto\ Library old_iPhoto\ Library
    mv /Volumes/Hard_Drive_name/iPhoto\ Library ~/Pictures/

    If you don't have write permission to the external drive, you type

    sudo chmod a+r /Volume/Hard_Drive_name

    If your external drive is in NTFS, you won't be able to write to it unless you reformat it to e.g. FAT 32.

    Hope this helps.

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