What’s the best way to transfer my iPhoto library between an old Macbook and a new Mac?

Michael Collins October 24, 2012
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I am trying to move my photos from my 4 year old Macbook to my Mac, both of which have iPhoto 11. I was going to do it via firewire, but my laptop doesn’t have a connection. Is there a way I can use an adapter and go through a usb port? If not, what is the easiest way to complete the transfer? I am not a very technology-savvy guy…

Thanks!

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  1. Vivek Kumar Yadav
    December 16, 2012 at 5:53 am

    To move an iPhoto Library to a new machine you will have to link the two Macs together either by a Wireless Network, Firewire Target Disk Mode, Ethernet, or even just copy the iPhoto Library from the Pictures Folder to an external HD and then on to your new Mac… Then launch iPhoto. That’s it.

    but if u have a fast enough internet connection then ill suggest i cloud...

  2. Sashritha Peiris
    December 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Copy the file named iPhoto library in the photos folder on one mac and and paste it on the other one in the same location. (use a usb stick)

  3. susendeep dutta
    October 25, 2012 at 11:14 am
  4. Ray Randall
    October 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Use the Migration Wizard

  5. Dino Pearsons
    October 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The iPhoto library is actually a folder which your Mac shows as a file.

    It's located in the /Users/username/Pictures folder and it's called iPhoto Library.

    You can just copy the whole folder onto a hard drive or move it via Ethernet/Wi-Fi and put it in the same folder on your new Mac and it will be there.

  6. Douglas Mutay
    October 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    To move an iPhoto Library to a new machine you will have to link the two Macs together either by a Wireless Network, Firewire Target Disk Mode, Ethernet, or even just copy the iPhoto Library from the Pictures Folder to an external HD and then on to your new Mac... Then launch iPhoto. That's it.

    You will see all your photos, events, albums, books, keywords, slideshows and everything else in your new Mac. But if you already have an iPhoto Library in your new Mac and want to merge it with your old library, the only way to do it is with the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager costing $20.

    You can download it at this link: http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/. Good luck

  7. ha14
    October 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

    how about to transfer to external hard drive and then to copy to new mac.

    if you can buy a firewire card?
    How to use and troubleshoot FireWire target disk mode
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

    Ethernet Cable
    How to Transfer From a PowerBook G4 to a MacBook Pro 13
    http://www.ehow.com/how_8370279_transfer-g4-macbook-pro-13.html#ixzz2ACUV5bWD

    via dropbox
    https://www.dropbox.com/

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