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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
    Hi,

    My drive is around 70% of its capacity. I've been backing up some stuff on a seagate external drive (1TB) and everything seemed to work fine until I tried to backup my iPhoto library. The file is 25 GB, when I try to copy it to my drive, it starts going extremely slow and eventually it stops. It has never gone beyond 1 GB. Does anyone have any idea why?

    I'm using NTFS.

    Any advice will be really appreciated even on a different way to backup my photos. I'm using OS X 10.5 so far. Once I backup everything I want to upgrade to Leopard. I just dont want to do it without backing up all my info.

    Thanks.

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
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    Put all the stuff back onto your mac, then format the seagate drive into Mac OS Extended. Then re-backup everything.

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive

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    Yea Mac OS Extended should fix that problem. The iPhoto library is a pretty simple thing. I've moved the Photos folder and backed it up multiple times across several computers without issue.

    You might try any of the fixes from within iPhoto. Maybe the photo associations are screwed up?

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
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    Thank you. I don't have enough space to bring everything back because I already had some info in that disk. I think I'm going to need to buy another one to do that. Let's see how it goes.

    Thank you.

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
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    Any time

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
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    It worked perfectly! I bought a thoshiba canvio. I don't know if the disk is faster or just by formatting Mac OS Extended is makes things a lot better.

    Now I just have another question.

    When formatting the disk, I got the question if I wanted to use Time Machine with it. I didn't want to do so because I wanted to use that disk as a backup unit to use with my iMac too. But I was wondering if it would be a good idea to make a partition on the seagate disk (1 TB) with the size of my MacBook (200 GB) to let Time Machine do its thing. Would that be a good idea? Does Time Machine need to be plugged all the time? (that would be an issue since the seagate is USB). Is it a better idea just to buy a 200 GB wireless HD to use it with TM?

    Thank you.

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    You can partition the drive if you want.
    You can also backup more than 1 Mac on one ext. HD without partitioning it.
    It will just create different backup folders for different computers.
    ie. (Non Partitioned)
    klv's Mabook Pro
    klv's iMac
    Klv's mum's Macbook
    klv's dad's Mac Pro

    (Partitioned)
    1:
    klv's Mabook Pro
    klv's iMac
    Klv's mum's Macbook
    klv's dad's Mac Pro
    2:
    klv's Carbon Copy Cloner
    3:
    klv's movies
    .....you get the gist of it


    I have my external partitioned for Time Machine Backups and Bootable Clones. When I visit my mother interstate, I backup her Macbook onto my Time Machine partition as I know how she messes things up quite often, and it is good for me to have a non corrupted backup for her seeing that hers will most likely be corrupted

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    backing up iPhoto Library on an external drive
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    OK, I'll give it a try.

    Thanx.

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