Mac

Ask Mac Questions and Get Answers from Experts ASAP

Ask a Computer Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Mac
This answer was rated:

I have a Mac Book Pro I use it for many extremely large photos I

I have a Mac Book...
I have a Mac Book Pro
I use it for many extremely large photos
I use Aperture to organize the photos
I need to back up my manipulated photos
I use both a time capsule and a 4TB storage device.
If I have a full set of photos in my Aperture projects and I can see all the metadata on them and I have backed them up to my external drives but I have now filled my MacBook
memory with photo files - can I reformat my 4TB external drive (with just my Aperture library vaults on it) so I can gain more hard drive space on the 4TB back up drive with
which to put my Aperture library?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Mac Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
4/16/2013
Ashik
Ashik, Mac Technician
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 11,295
Experience: Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), 9+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
Verified
Hi and Welcome. My Name is XXXXX XXXXX I look forward to assisting you today with your question.

When you format, everything on the external hard drive will be erased. To make sure, do you want to reformat the external hard drive and move the Aperture Library from your Internal Hard Drive to the External Hard Drive ?
Ask Your Own Mac Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

The Aperture library is already on the external drive.


I am looking for more space on my computer hard drive

Hi Steve, If the entire Aperture Library is the only External Hard Drive, then you can safely delete the photos from your Mac. All the projects, thumbinails, events, original pictures, modified pictures etc are saved on the Aperture Library. When you import anything to the Aperture, the orginal photos will also copied to the Aperture Library.

Download and install this application : http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/

This application will help you to find/identify the big files that is using up your HDD Space.

Don't reformat the external hard drive, that will erase everything from your external hard drive.

I'd recommend to backup all the photos to somes DVD before deleting them, just for safety.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best Regards,
Ashik

Ashik
Ashik, Mac Technician
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 11,295
Experience: Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), 9+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
Verified
Ashik and 87 other Mac Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Steve, there is a correction to my answer. Sorry about that. If the entire Aperture Library is in the External Hard Drive, then you can safely delete the photos from your Mac.

Best Regards,
Ashik
Ask Your Own Mac Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Ashik


Thanks for your follow up. I do nkow and understand all that you told me. I do have most of my photos both on their original storage cards and on


CDs. But my question is really much more complex than that.


I have almost filled up a high capacity hard drive on a new MacBook Pro.


To back this up I purchased a 4TB external hard drive. I used that drive to store my Aperture Vaults. I also purchased a new Apple Time Capsule as an additional back up. I also have 50 years of my photographic work


being scanned and given to me on a set of two 1TB G Raid Mini drives. These are backed up one to another so there is never a time


when we cannot find the entire contents of those scans on both of


the G Raid Mini drives.


What I need to do is to get my photo files off my MacBook Pro and onto my 4TB external hard drive with no possibility of losing or degrading information in those files. I am looking to end up with a


situation where all of my photos (this is a 50 year collection of fine


art photos) can be viewed and sorted for submission to other galleries


and collectors, printed for publication and then reorganized for other


purposes. The MacBook should be at the center of this organization


but with the ability to store all the photos on back up media where it


will be perfectly safe yet universally available.


Does that make sense to you?


Thank You


Steve Bellew


 

Hi Steve, Well, You are right, it is a complex question. What is the capacity of your Mac's Internal HDD ? How much did you used for your Photos ?

Also you said you want to get your photos off your Macbook Pro to the 4TB HDD. So my question is, are those photos you want to transfer are photos in your Aperture or the photos saved locally ?
Ask Your Own Mac Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago
Relist: Incomplete answer.
I have submitted this info and await an answer
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

My MacBook hard drive has 500GB of Flash Storage


in the "Apple Information" screen the following info is shown


Audio = 777MB


Movies = 66MB


Photos = 88GB


Apps = 14GB


Backups = 0


Other = 346GB


 


The Photos saved on my MacBook I believe are in Aperture or


in other files on the MacBook.

Thanks for the info Steve. All you have to do is, simply copy the pictures from the Internal Hard drive to the external hard drive, then delete the pictures from your Mac to free the space. This procedure will work with no possibility of losing or degrading information in those files.

Connect the 4TB External Hard drive to your Mac, then on your Mac, goto Macintosh HD > Users > your username > Pictures folder (or to the location where you saved your Aperture Libraries) and you can see all your Aperture Libraries in there. Select the Libraries, press Command + C, then open the External Hard Drive, open the folder that you want to put the photos and press Command + V

This will copy those photos from your Mac to the External Hard Drive without any alteration to the photos.

After it copied successfully, you can simply delete those photos from your Mac (from Pictures folder or from the location you copied it)

Do the same for other pictures that you saved locally.

IMPORTANT STEP : After moving the Aperture Library to new location (external hard drive), you have to tell Aperture about the new location. So, hold down Option key on your Keyboard and open Aperture. Aperture will ask you to select the Library, so navigate to the external hard drive and select the Aperture Library you copied to it. From now on, your Mac will put the photos to the Libarary in the external hard drive when you import new photos to Aperture.

Steve, please let me know if you have any trouble following the above steps and I will help you.
Ask Your Own Mac Question
Ask Ashik Your Own Question
Ashik
Ashik
Ashik, Mac Technician
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 11,295
11,295 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), 9+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc

Ashik is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Hi John, Thank you for your expertise and, more important, for your kindness because they make me, almost, look forward to my next computer problem. After the next problem comes, I'll be delighted to correspond again with you. I'm told that I excel at programing. But system administration has never been one of my talents. So it's great to have an expert to rely on when the computer decides to stump me. God bless, Bill

Bill M.Schenectady, New York

The Expert answered my Mac question and was patient. He answered in a thorough and timely manner, keeping the response on a level that could understand. Thank you!

FrankCanada

My Expert answered my question promptly and he resolved the issue totally. This is a great service. I am so glad I found it I will definitely use the service again if needed.

One Happy CustomerNew York

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Mike

Mike

Mac Medic

8,552 satisfied customers

Over 20 years IT experience with Apple computers in publishing, marketing and design.

Daniel

Daniel

Mac Genius

4,711 satisfied customers

Apple certified on desktop and portable, help desk qualified. Have owned and used Macs since 1989.

Vinod Menon

Vinod Menon

Support Specialist

2,370 satisfied customers

worked as a Tech support Associate for Apple products

John T. F.

John T. F.

Mac Druid

1,979 satisfied customers

20+ years in the computer/Mac industry

David

David

Mac Support Specialist

1,468 satisfied customers

BSc H.Dip Apple Certified Professional

Claws224

Claws224

IEEE Datacommunication Engineer

965 satisfied customers

IEEE, Microsoft

Mac Tech

Mac Tech

Apple Specialist

888 satisfied customers

7 + Years Supporting Apple Products

< Previous | Next >

Related Mac Questions
When I try to call my credit card company on my iPhone and
When I try to call my credit card company on my iPhone and they want me to enter my account number the iPhone 7 will not allow me to type in any numbers. Why is this? … read more
Jon
Jon
Bachelors Degree
377 satisfied customers
My ipad is on but the screen remains blank and i am unable
Hi my ipad is on but the screen remains blank and i am unable to turn the ipad off or change the screen. When i press the on button the screen flashes for a moment but that is all.it was working fine … read more
Josh
Josh
It Support Specialist
Associate Degree
5,125 satisfied customers
Safari has lost the connection to Mac Security. Please
Safari has lost the connection to Mac Security. Please restart your browser. … read more
Kamil Anwar
Kamil Anwar
IT Consultant / Systems Engineer
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
426 satisfied customers
I have received an email saying that there was a problem
I have received an email saying that there was a problem with my account information. They want me to update account information including login password, ss number, address, phone numbers, etc. I am … read more
Viet - Computer Tech
Viet - Computer Tech
Computer Technican
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
952 satisfied customers
My itunes is open but it won't come on screen. Imac, os x el
it's about 5 years old and haven't tried anything. the problem cropped up sunday, or was at least noted then. … read more
Aparna Indresh
Aparna Indresh
Engineer
Electronics & communication engineering
14 satisfied customers
My printer is off line. TR7500. Mac. I think the network
my printer is off line JA: What's the exact make and model of your printer, and can you guesstimate how old it is? Customer: TR7500 JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Op… read more
Karthik
Karthik
Senior Engineer
Bachelor of Engineering
27 satisfied customers
I need unlock my iphone. Iphone 6plus. 2years
i need unlock my iphone JA: What's the make/model of your device? How old is it? Customer: iphone 6plus JA: How long has this been going on? What troubleshooting have you tried? Customer: 2years JA: A… read more
Ricky Kresslein
Ricky Kresslein
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
450 satisfied customers
When I go to Settings, it asks for my Applw ID,but it will
When I go to Settings, it asks for my Applw ID,but it will not accept the ID or the password ***** I have on record, … read more
Aparna Indresh
Aparna Indresh
Engineer
Electronics & communication engineering
14 satisfied customers
My Apple Pay stopped working, I shut down the phone and now
My Apple Pay stopped working, I shut down the phone and now I can't turn on again … read more
RandyNetwork Tech
RandyNetwork Tech
1,746 satisfied customers
I am entering a JPG of my painting. It needs to be 300DPL an
I am entering a JPG of my painting. It needs to be 300DPL an a minimum of 1800pixels on the longer side. It is a jg at 3.jpg full size render will it be correct?: … read more
Jon
Jon
Bachelors Degree
377 satisfied customers
Emails are very, very slow to download, worse with
Emails are very, very slow to download, worse with attachments, just happened in last two days … read more
Josh
Josh
It Support Specialist
Associate Degree
5,125 satisfied customers
My iTunes ID has been disabled. Windows 10. None. I wanted
None. I wanted to purchase an album annd I got a message that my ID was disabled … read more
Mr.Med
Mr.Med
893 satisfied customers
When I touch on the phone icon the screen is extremely
When I touch on the phone icon the screen is extremely blurred. It happened after I blocked a caller. How do I correct the problem? … read more
Jon
Jon
Bachelors Degree
377 satisfied customers
I can't send or receive emails. It won't accept my password.
Hi I can't send or receive emails. It won't accept my password … read more
Karthik
Karthik
Senior Engineer
Bachelor of Engineering
27 satisfied customers
I just redeemed a gift card for $50. It said redeemed but
I just redeemed a gift card for $50. It said redeemed but the balance still shows $20.19. I tried to redeem it again and it tells me that it has already been redeemed. Wrong! Balance still shows $20.1… read more
Josh
Josh
It Support Specialist
Associate Degree
5,125 satisfied customers
I have WORDS on the screen but it is frozen. There is color
I have WORDS on the screen but it is frozen. There is color rotating ball in place of the arrow but it does not make anything happen. How can I get rid and start again with a clean screen? … read more
Josh
Josh
It Support Specialist
Associate Degree
5,125 satisfied customers
I've received a message about an unrecognized charge from
I've received a message about an unrecognized charge from the iTunes Store. I have not been able to access the App Store for months as they do not recognize my password ***** I can't see how to get it… read more
Kamil Anwar
Kamil Anwar
IT Consultant / Systems Engineer
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
426 satisfied customers
My iPhoto pictures asked to be updated, so I did so, but now
My iPhoto pictures asked to be updated, so I did so, but now most do not show up on the version of iPhoto I have. … read more
Danny Coloma
Danny Coloma
Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, ACSP, APP
19 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x