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Location: Wilmington, NC
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External driver? Or drive?

Why not use iPhoto? You can create separate iPhoto libraries for each drive. You can't directly tag a photo, but you can create albums, which are separate from events. Basically… a photo normally resides in only one event. So let's say you had a birthday party in 2010 and imported all the photos into iPhoto. By default, they get assigned to an "event" using the date taken but you can rename the event to Birthday 2010 for example. But separate from events are albums to which you can selectively add photos to from different events. So let's say you have an album named Family. Put the birthday photos that feature family members from the 2010 event, and they are now effectively tagged as "family". Do the same for other photo events featuring family members. Re-add any photo to another album for specific people if you please. Adding photos to an album effectively "tags" them. If you remove a photo from an album, it is effectively "untagged", but it will remain in the event it originated in. Confused? Understandable. I really don't think iPhoto is very intuitive and it took me some time to figure out this much. But I think it'll do the job you need once it clicks.
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