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Learn to Move Photos Library to a Separate Drive

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If Photo’s is causing you to have issues with the storage space on your Mac, you can free up a good amount of space on your hard drive, just move Photo’s library on to a separate drive. In this post, we will tell you how to move your Photos library to a separate drive.

How to move Photos library to a separate drive:

Step 1: First select the box next to “Copy items to the Photos library”. You can do this by going to “Photos” in “Preferences” and then “General”. Now every image that is on your Photos drive will be copied to your library.

Step 2: In “Photos” select each and every photo by clicking on “Edit” then “Select All” or “Command (⌘)-A”. Now select “File” and the Consolidate”. Now select “Copy” to continue.

Step 3: Now quit the “Photos” folder and click on the desktop and in your “Finder” menu click on “Go” in the “Home” folder.

Step 4: A new Finder window will open. Now go to your “Pictures” folder of your user account.

Step 5: Now by connecting an external hard drive you can copy the pictures to it. This can be done by dragging the “Photos Library.photoslibrary” file from the Pictures folder on to the icon of your storage device. This process can take either a few seconds or minutes or even half an hour. All this will depend on your Mac and the photo library size as well.

Step 6: After the copying is completed you can hold down the Option (⌥) key and then click on the Photos icon on the Dock. This will then prompt the Photos application to display the “Choose Library” dialog and this will allow you to switch to another library file.

Step 7: Now click on “Other Library” to continue and highlight the photo library file to the external drive and select “Open” to load it.

Step 8: This will launch the Photos in your new library. Now as a final step select “Use as System Photo Library” in “Preferences” under “General”. Now after you have selected a new Library turn on the iCloud services under “Photos” and the “Preferences” under “iCloud”.

Step 9: Now you can free up additional space by deleting the original library in your Mac.


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