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    Iphoto album to photos?

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    Cool Iphoto album to photos?
    Greetings,
    I have not been on here often or lately, forgive me if I am in the wrong place.
    Not a geek, need elementary help.
    There are no Apple stores or genius bars in Belize, wish there were.
    Long story short.
    I have a 2017 Macbook Pro, running Mojave 10.14.6
    It has Photos
    I have thousands of photos stored on 2 external and 6 old Mac hard drives from crashed laptops.
    My Seagate hard drive has Iphotos stored on it but it has a "Bar Icon" though it, as in Nope, no good.
    When i try to import it it directs me to update it free at Apple store.
    There I get a prompt that it is not available in my country?
    I have spent untold thousands on Macs, not fair!
    Thanks in advance, must be someone else quarantined and bored, can anyone help me?

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    Iphoto album to photos?
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    Aren't you able to copy the photos off those drives? And, I recommend that if you do copy them, use DVDs to store them on. Much safer than hard drives which will fail at some time or another.

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    You may need to “Get Info” on the external drives, and change the permissions in order to get the information/date you want.


    Change permissions for files, folders, or disks on Mac - Apple Support


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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.
    PS: When there is an accident or error, is the tool to blame or is the fool to blame?

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    Hi Chscag,
    I am pretty ignorant, up to now I have just backed stuff up.
    When I go to the Seagate in finder I can only find the photos i exported to post on facebook or email, and the Iphoto album itself. this one has 9,000 photos in it while there are only 7-800 that were exported.
    I would like them all.
    Thank you for replying.
    Last edited by belizeguy; 04-14-2020 at 09:13 PM.

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    Hi ferrar,
    followed the directions, sharing & permissions telling me I have custom access? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by belizeguy View Post
    Hi ferrar,
    followed the directions, sharing & permissions telling me I have custom access? Thanks
    Can you read from the drive now? You don’t need to be able to write to it, unless you want to save more files/data on it?


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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.
    PS: When there is an accident or error, is the tool to blame or is the fool to blame?

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    Update,
    I managed to get 12,000 photos onto a photostick by just dragging the iphoto and photo albums to it.
    The 128 GB stick is now 87% full.
    This is a mystery because photostick is supposed to consolidate them. eliminate duplicates...
    It said it had 79,000 photos?
    Yet when imported them to photos only the 14,000 transferred with the 3,000 pix already in there photos is telling me 61 GB.
    Bewildered, now have 87% full photostick and another external 500 GB and 6 mac hard drives to go.
    Of course there are other files on there, but still
    I think I am already missing a lot of pix, discarding nothing until I get back to civilization if i get no help.
    They are going on a solid state 1 terabyte drive.
    I am hoping i can dump what's on the stick and extract the rest.
    Will update further, thanks for any help.

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    Iphoto album to photos?
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    I strongly recommend not storing valuable photos on any kind of hard drive whether a spinner or SSD. They're your photos of course to do what you wish, but if you do decide to keep them on a 1 TB drive, make sure they are backed up to somewhere else.

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    Hi chsgag,
    The photos are on a Seagate External.
    That got full due to much duplication, put more on a Hitachi SS drive.
    Now i am putting them on a photostick, which is full due to duplication I guess?
    This is weird because that is what it was supposed to eliminate, the number of files and the GB do not add up.
    I have many thousands of duplicate graphics files, have no idea why the externals import them.
    Real PITA weeding them out every time i have to get a new Mac.
    This is often, I am not fond of macs, very undependable, just hooked on their OS's.
    Then there is all the original hard drives I saved from the crashed macs.
    So now there are all the original HD's, of which only one died.
    Then there are the 2 externals, and the photostick.
    I am trying to consolidate all and eliminate duplicates which I never had time for until the quarantine.
    So I have duplicates on the original HD's, the 2 externals, the photostick now, when does the redundancy stop?
    Macs crash in the salt air environment on this island in about a year.
    It is always a new problem, no consistency.
    It is my humble opinion that they rush things to market without proper field testing.
    Thanks for the help all.

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    Hi chsgag,
    The photos are on a Seagate External.
    trying to delete this duplicate post? I have a lot of issues with duplication!
    That got full due to much duplication, put more on a Hitachi SS drive.
    Now i am putting them on a photostick, which is full due to duplication I guess?
    This is weird because that is what it was supposed to eliminate, the number of files and the GB do not add up.
    I have many thousands of duplicate graphics files, have no idea why the externals import them.
    Real PITA weeding them out every time i have to get a new Mac.
    This is often, I am not fond of macs, very undependable, just hooked on their OS's.
    Then there is all the original hard drives I saved from the crashed macs.
    So now there are all the original HD's, of which only one died.
    Then there are the 2 externals, and the photostick.
    I am trying to consolidate all and eliminate duplicates which I never had time for until the quarantine.
    So I have duplicates on the original HD's, the 2 externals, the photostick now, when does the redundancy stop?
    Macs crash in the salt air environment on this island in about a year.
    It is always a new problem, no consistency.
    It is my humble opinion that they rush things to market without proper field testing.
    Thanks for the help all.
    Last edited by belizeguy; 04-15-2020 at 11:43 AM. Reason: trying to delete

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