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I have on my start up disk..
Capacity: 465.44 GB
Available 108.4 MB

I keep getting a message that my start up disk is full. This started after I tried backing up my iphoto library onto my external drive.

I know I have movies on my hard drive that I do not want to erase (to use later) I would like to put them on the external drive. My question is how do I move these onto the external drive. Do I just drag them over and when I need them just drag them back? Can I use them from that drive?

A while ago I copied all of my 2006 iphoto pictures onto a DVD and I hated doing that because now I have to look them up instead of having them conveniently on my iphoto library.

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assuming they are nit in iTunes then copy those movies over, delete them from your mac and you will be able to watch them anytime from the external

I would keep at east 50 Gig free on that drive just to let the system breath
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You can move your iPhoto and iTunes libraries to your external and use them from there. See: and

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