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Creating a Hard-Disk iPhoto Archive

This is one of the pains of iPhoto, you are running out of room on your laptop harddisk, what with Boot Camp partitions, the whole office apparatus doubled (MS Office and now Open Office - coexisting for a while), development environments for XSLT, C++, Java, and the whole website managment and development thing (staging systems and DBs), there just isn't room for countless Gigabytes of photographs (and they do add up quickly).

However, one has several external Hard disks. Now, with iTunes I managed to hack the XML repository to shuffle songs wherever I want local or external, but iPhoto is very sensitive to such movements and has a more complex structure.

The solution is to use the handy burn facility, and then to convert the DVD Image using the disk utility, to a mountable DMG file. Once mounted (by double-clicking) the disk image can be accessed by iPhoto via albums as usual! Original photos, ordering etc. are all there. Further, opening the DMG file (i.e. mounting) starts iphoto automatically, with the stored albums loaded.

Now if only we could burn directly to a harddisk...

Posted: June 3rd 2007 09:03
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