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    iPhoto - How to move photos to a new external hard drive
    I have photos on an external hard drive that I imported into iPhoto and organized. I did not physically move the photos, but instead have iPhoto link to that location on the external hard drive to open the pictures.

    I have now purchased a larger external hard drive and am moving those to the new drive and will not use the older, smaller drive.

    When I moved the pictures I put them in the same folder structure, etc. But now iPhoto still wants to go to the old location. Is there a way to easily point iPhoto to the new location?

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    This is a wonderful addition to iPhoto which I think will take care of your problem.

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    1. Launch iPhoto with the option key held down.
    2. In the resulting dialog, point iPhoto to the new location.
    3. Done.

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    That's easy!
    I knew you could do this with an iPhoto library where the photos had been imported into it. But, since the OP's photos reside outside the library I thought doing something like that would result in the creation of a new library losing whatever work had gone into organizing it.

    I will remember that in future if I ever use a set up like this (which I have thought about doing) with actual photos in folders.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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