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Kobel1up

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If this is not in the right place could one of the administrators move it to the right location. Here is my problem, I have a MBP running mountain lion and I would like to move all my pictures to a seagate external HD. I only want to move the photos and home movies and not do a complete back up of the computer, I will be buying another HD for that later. Thanks for the help.
 
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chris

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With iPhotos, it stores your images in a database /user/Pictures/iPhoto Library. If you plan to use a different program, I believe the only way is to export images. If you want to move it, just drag and drop it to your new hard drive. In iPhoto, you'll need to choose the new library location.
 

Kobel1up

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I wasn't able to find that particular place you were talking about. When I get to the place where the files are, will they be broken into dates? I want to be able to keep track of them easily and not make duplicates. Thanks again.
 

Europa

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I wasn't able to find that particular place you were talking about. When I get to the place where the files are, will they be broken into dates? I want to be able to keep track of them easily and not make duplicates. Thanks again.
Open your Pictures folder, right click on iPhoto Library and select "Show Package Contents." There is a folder named Masters that has all of the iPhoto photos organized by year, month and day. You can copy and paste the entire Masters folder onto your backup HD.
 

Kobel1up

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Now I moved all my iPhoto pictures to my external hard drive, will they all be deleted in iPhoto if I delete them from the masters photo area?


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Europa

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They'll still show up as thumbnails under the photos tab, but you'll just see a missing photo icon if you click on them. If you want to remove everything from iPhoto go to the photos tab, hit command+A and then press delete. This will delete the thumbnails as well. If you just want to delete a group of photos, select one thumbnail so it is outlined in yellow, then press the shift key, then select a photo from a later date. All photos between those two will now be highlighted in yellow and you can delete them.