View Full Version : Can I split iPhoto library?

22nd June 2009, 11:36 AM
I have a macbook running OS X 10.4.11. My hard drive is running out of space. I'm using iPhoto08 and the library is backed up to an external HDD. Is there some way to split the photo library so I can keep older photos elsewhere and just have the recent ones on my Mac hard drive?

22nd June 2009, 01:16 PM
You could look at Fat Cat Software - iPhoto Library Manager (http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/) The freeware version should do what you want.

If you'd just like to move your iPhoto Library to another (larger HDD) location, have a look at iPhoto: How to move the iPhoto Library Folder to a new location (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1229) for instructions on changing where your iPhoto library resides.

22nd June 2009, 01:43 PM

22nd June 2009, 03:31 PM
I had read somewhere that you can create different iPhoto Files. If you look inside the iPhoto Library file, it is a package. You can find your actual photos in a folder there. From memory the concept was to move the library file, which can be opened directly by dbl clicking no matter where it is. And if there is no file in there, when you start iphoto it will create a new blank library. I have been meaning to try it with my library now that it has reached over 10,000 images.

don't take my word for it though ... back it up first!

22nd June 2009, 05:21 PM
Do a backup first!

I have just done what you are wanting to do - so instead of just one huge Library containing everything and clogging up my laptop, I've now got a new Archive Library on my external, and the existing one only containing my most recent 2 years of shots..

I reckon the easiest way to do this is to buy a copy of the software mentioned above: Fat Cat Software - iPhoto Library Manager (http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/) however the free version wont allow you to copy albums from the library you want to keep on your computer, to the archive library you want to develop on your external - so paying the $20US will have to be done.

So to see what i'm talking about, go download the trial/free version of iphoto library manager; and using that, create a new library on your external - call it iPhoto Archive Library so you can tell it and the master apart. And then once you've got the full version of iLM, you can copy over the older Albums/Events to the Archive Library. This can be done without opening iPhoto and meddling with your existing files.

You've probably noted that iPhoto only allows you to access one Library at a time. So having iPhoto Library Manager makes it easy to relaunch iPhoto and access each of the Library's as required.

I've just split up a 32,000 image library, which contained 10 years of events/albums etc, and this method worked. If someone has an easier way within the iPhoto environment, then I'd love to hear it.

Going inside the iPhoto Library package contents in the Finder or similar is just asking for trouble.. stick within iPhoto and iLM and you should be ok.

24th June 2009, 06:08 PM
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24th June 2009, 06:38 PM

25th June 2009, 09:24 PM
Thanks for the suggestions - I'm going to look at iphoto library manager. Do you know if there is a similar widget for managing the itunes library?