hello and cheers;
I recently purchased an Imac 27" and am trying several different ways to migrat my 27,000 picture library:
Can anyone help me with this? I have used tagging for 6 years and would hate to lose all the work I have done.
Are there too many mpegs in your original catalog? If not, can you try taking backup by first removing these mpeg files from the catalog and then restoring this backup on your mac machine?
The PSE backup contains all of the database and copies of your photos. So there is no need to first copy the photos physically.
Also when you connect an external drive with images, iPhoto is likely to launch automatically and attempt to import them. It’s best to hit Cmd+Q immediately, to quit that application and to prevent duplicate library copies being created.
I would suggest you try a clean-up on the Mac and then make a fresh catalog backup on the Windows machine after firstly deleting the mpeg video files. You only need to delete them from the Organizer; not from the hard drive.
Then start a new catalog on the Mac using the Organizer menu:
File >> Manage Catalogs >> New
File >> Restore Catalog
Navigate to the new TLY file.
Thought I had this licked. Did the restore, and attempted to restore my 10 year photo directory to c:/pictures, and now it just dumped 25,000 photos in one CAXMP folder under Pictures. Ug.
How can I delete all, and restart and maintain my original structure? I cant seem to get the option to "delete" mu current catalog ... its greyed out.
Hi Barbara, My bad on the wording. I restored the backup to "Pictures" directiory on the mac, but unfortunately it didnt keep my file folder structure ( even though PE manages all the photos, I'm still old school in keeping organized olders). It just dumped the CAXMP folder under pictures. I thought I had "keep original filestructure intact checked. Its been increasingly more time consuming trying to migrate the library from Pc to MAc and each backup/restore takes a long time, epsoecially when I have to clean and re-do.
My latest thought was could I write the tag info to all myfiles, and just move the folder structure over and import. ButI think when I did this, it didnt import my tags and collections in the normal place - it put them in an "imported tags" section.
Looking to do whatever I can to get back to status quo. (tags connected and older structure intact)