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Thursday, January 16, 2014

iPhoto Library[s]...

Awhile back, I noticed my Macbook was a little sluggish. The main problems:

  • Seven [7] GB of photographs used by iPhoto.
  • Enabled all of my browsers to maintain browsing historical data. [To insure compatibility as related to web development, I use every browser I can find.]
  • Other data & files I maintain on the hard drive. My MacBook is 6 years old and I keep almost everything.

So with the new year, I decided to move at least my iPhoto Library to an external drive. I chose the Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 (DTSE9H/16GBZET).

For some reason I thought the iPhoto Library move to the external drive would work in the same manner I used to port my MacBook iTunes Library to other computers and devices. It was a little different.

First I copied the iPhoto Library from my Macbook to the Kingston data drive.


Initially, because I could not figure out how to get the iPhoto application to see the new iPhoto library sitting on the Kingston drive, I used the following command in "vi" [unix editor] to edit the AlbumData.xml file which globally changed the path of the library. When complete it pointed to the iPhoto Library on the Kingston drive.


This did not work. So after some research, I found a forum thread that provided a Macbook software application, iPhone Library Manager- would allow multiple iPhoto libraries. I found the version I needed for my operating system and downloaded it.


This did work. Now I can point to the iPhoto Library sitting on my Macbook hard drive or the version sitting on the Kingston Data Traveler.

I am very pleased with this solution.

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