iPhoto library application is one of the commercial apple for MAC OS from Apple. Recently, they also released iPhoto for the iOS devices too. Now this has been made free for MAC OS and iOS as well.
I have been using this iPhoto extensively on my MacBook which is running Lion OS. Since the HARDDISK space is not much in my laptop, I was looking for an option to move my huge photo collection to an external drive. But all my photos are not placed in a separate folder but tied up with iPhoto application. This application is the one I am using to manage the photos via albums, events and groups.
There is no hassle of transferring your photos from your digital devices like camera,phone etc. when you connect your devices to your laptop the iPhoto comes in to help you import all the photos and even prompts you whether you want to retain the original photos on the camera devices after successful importing. I have nearly 14 GB of photo collection which I would like to transfer to my external drive along with the iPhoto.
Steps to move :
Copy the iPhoto application which will be in users folder. /users/username/pictures/iphotolibrary and paste them in the external drive.
Note : The file you copying is a complete bundled package of all the collection in your library. So, don’t be amazed if the size is in GB.
Delete the iPhoto library in the users folder after copying them. Hurray! I reclaimed laptop HARDDISK space of 14 GB now.
If you want to see the package contents, just right click them and choose show package contents option. This will show you the complete files which iPhoto application stores along with originals categorized by year.
Now, in the spotlight when you search for iPhoto and try to open the application, it will prompt you to choose the library. Now, choose the library in the external drive which you copied earlier. You are done now.
The next time when you open the iPhoto app, make sure the external drive is connected to your laptop and manage your photos collection without worrying about the low space in your laptop disk.
Disclaimer : This is for educational purpose only. The author is not responsible for loss or damage caused when you are experimenting with this.
Hope this helps someone looking to reclaim space which has been swallowed by iPhoto.