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Hi I've been using my Mac for about 8 months now having switched from windows based PC. I'm really happy but have a particular query.

I've imported my existing photos from my windows formatted back up drive. Some photos had information attached when they were created, some did not, consequentially defaulting to a mixture of dates and therefore directories

As a result my Iphoto library now has directories 2003, 2004 - - -2010 etc. The transferred files have been slotted into the relevant directory by date and are now stored "incorrectly" by Iphoto
ie my Xmas 2009 photos are in 2003 directory. This has happened numerous occasions and it makes going back in time messy and without structure. Newly imported photos are fine it just the old stuff

I would like to restructure / reorganise this such that I can look at a continuous time line as far as possible.

On a windows PC it is fairly easy (completely simple!!), to organise files and directories - I would keep all 2003 pic's in one directory and so on. Backing up was also easy to see and control.

I have a time capsule and use this as standard, keeping a running continuous background "mirror" of my files. I want to now make a completely separate back up of all my historic photos to a separate new drive. This will be an emergency back up in case of massive failure of the complete system (I'll get a specifically formatted mac ext drive for this).

The mac doesn't want to write to my existing back up drive (due to it being formatted under windows??), but will read from it. So I can't simply add the latest photos to this drive to provide and maintain this drive as a continuous back up. I also like the idea of a completely new drive as a fail safe.

I'd like to set this up such that 03 files are in 03 etc etc and hence now the need to first organise my Iphoto Library and start a new "Mac" back up.

Can anyone please help?

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The mac doesn't want to write to my existing back up drive (due to it being formatted under windows??), but will read from it. So I can't simply add the latest photos to this drive to provide and maintain this drive as a continuous back up. I also like the idea of a completely new drive as a fail safe.
You can write to your NTFS formatted drive by downloading the free NTFS Mounter program from here. LINK

And.. as you found out, iPhoto has its own way of organizing your photos. Until you have a better understanding of how it works and its folder hierarchy, I suggest not using it. I personally do not like or use iPhoto for that reason. I've opted to use Picasa for the Mac instead. It's a free download from Google.
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There's a batch time/date change command built right into iPhoto for exactly this purpose. Whatever you do, however, DO NOT try to reorganise the actual photo database. That's just not the way iPhoto works and if you think you have problems now JUST WAIT till you decide to muck around in the iPhoto Library.

Most photos these days taken with a digital camera have the correct time/date embedded in the file itself via EXIF data. iPhoto organizes based on that. If you have (for example) scanned pics or pictures taken with incorrect (or no) EXIF values, iPhoto can fix that using the batch time/date commands. It might be tedious if you have a lot of these to do, but you'll only have to do it the once.
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Hi Thanks very much for the replies, I'd pretty much figured out that the only way to do this was via reassignment of date / time information via the batch update thing. I've also picked up under no account attempt to restructure this are outside of Iphoto - a massive no no.

I can do this and have done so on a few events, however even if "change original" is selected, the photos / event is still held in the original incorrect year directory. ie update a 2005 event and it stays in 2003 directory.

I think the smart way to do this is to get the original photos(hopefully from early back up CD's) and re-install them once again, checking date /time info is correct as I go.

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I personally do not like or use iPhoto for that reason. I've opted to use Picasa for the Mac instead. It's a free download from Google.
I agree...iPHOTO has a lot of quirks. I don't like all the mirror images it creates...nor do I like the folder/events system. On my PC I used Picasa and liked it. Thanks for letting me know that a Mac version exists. QUESTION: Is it easy to transfer from iPhoto into Picasa? Will I be sacrificing anything by doing so?

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When you install Picasa for the Mac it will find all the photos that iPhoto has stored away. Once you've got Picasa setup to the way you want, you can remove the iPhoto library. Just be sure to do it from iPhoto and not the Finder. As far as I'm concerned, Picasa does as well for editing and touching up photos as iPhoto, and it's easier to use.
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Moderator: Thanks for your help. Did I do something wrong? I notice you included a link to "Community Guidelines" at the end of your response.
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That's his Signature line. It appears at the end of all his posts.
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OP - you probably just need to check your iPhoto preferences. When I import to iPhoto the events are created with my folder names not by date. My iPhoto events therefore exactly matches my folder organisation.

Sure enough when you look at the data folder in the iPhoto Library contents you see the years but you really shouldn't go there and in any case they just don't appear when opening iPhoto normally.

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