Where to get info on OS X file system (iTunes, iPhoto)

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Pablo, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. Pablo macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2003
    I'm just under a week into my OS X experience (Coming from Windows 3.1->95->98->98SE->2000->XP Pro - was using a Mac in the beginning though, but it's been a loooong time and an older OS).

    So I'm used to the 'My Documents' folder in Windows. No real complaints about it, and it made backup very easy, as I had this folder on a separate partition, and I just backed the folder and it's contents up.

    I see that my home folder is similar, but I'm a little confused as far as the filesystem goes (I know it's UNIX) but I guess my question is more with how iTunes, iPhoto, etc. deal with files.

    I moved my documents (pictures, sounds, movies, music, etc) over - creating their own folder within my home directory.

    But after opening iTunes, when it 'imported' the mp3s, it apparently copied all 12 GB into it's own directory...so I had duplicates of my music files...one copy where I put them, and another where iTunes put them.

    With regards to iPhoto, when I imported from my camera's storage card (via PCMCIA card), it appears that iPhoto is putting all of the originals within it's own directory, and I -of course- copied the files from the iPhoto window to a 'Pictures' folder within my home directory. I kep the originals I wanted, resized a few and deleted the ones I didn't want (from the folder I created), but of course, the originals are still in the iPhoto directory that it created.

    I looked through my copy of David Pogue's OS X: The Missing Manual, but apparently iPhoto has it's own book, so it was only very briefly covered.

    Any suggestions on where I can go to learn more and read up on this?
  2. losfp macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002
    I know in itunes there's a setting in the preferences "copy mp3s to my itunes folder when importing", or something like that.. uncheck it and it'll leave your files where they are.

    iphoto could be the same...

    welcome, I'm only a few weeks into my mac experience too ;)
  3. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2003
    Thanks for the information.

    I guess I'm not saying that I want to do things the way I'm accustomed to (the windows way), but am looking for information on how some of the defaults are handled in OS X so that I might better take advantage of this OS.

    I'm not that old of a dog...and I can still learn a few tricks.

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