How to Move Your Photos Library to an External Drive

Do you want to free up space on your Mac? Maybe you have 50, 100, 500 GB or more of photos in your Photos Library. A great way to free up space on your Mac is to move the library containing all of your photos in the Photos application onto an external drive. In this video, we will be going over how to do exactly that.

After completion of transferring the Photos Library to an external drive, double check the hard drive's content to make sure that all your photos transferred. It is incredibly important to do this before deleting the Photos Library file on your Mac. You may want to leave the Photos Library on your Mac for a couple days, just to make sure you won’t lose any photos. We recommend backing your Mac up with Time Machine prior to any major file reorganization or manipulation.

The same steps would work with iPhoto as well, the library with the photos stored in it would just be called iPhoto Library, instead of Photos Library.

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