Transferring iPhoto and iTunes to external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kflee, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. kflee macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2013
    I need to restore my Macbook Pro and never set up Time Machine. I wanted to back up my photos on iPhoto and music on iTunes, and wanted to see what the best way to do it is. Unfortunately, I'm not planning to use Time Machine on the off chance that the problem will be saved onto Time Machine. I'm wondering if the only way to save my photos and music is to export them to my external hard drive. Also, after I restore my laptop, when I return the photos and music, will they be grouped together in the appropriate folders, or will I have to manually do it? Is there a way to minimize the amount of work I have to do? Thanks, any advice would be extremely helpful!
  2. lexR macrumors regular


    Dec 12, 2013
    when i have swap macs i have always just dropped the files i want to an external hard drive and then dropped them back to the new mac with no problems, time machine is a great option and i have a 2tb timemachine AirPort Extreme capsule which everything backs up to if any of my drives fail. with your music iTunes will automatically organise your files once you import them. i normally choose not to copy the files which is quicker but personally pref. when moving iPhoto though you must move the iPhoto file and all the photo's associated with that iPhoto file as it will open properly but when you try to view the photo's individually it will ask you to locate the missing file.

    hope it goes smoothly for you.
  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  4. kflee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2013
    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give them a try and hopefully they'll work! And after I move the files back to my computer from my external hard drive, is it a similar process? Thanks!
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yep... same thing just in reverse.

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