1. berry_addict's Avatar
    I recently got a retina MacBook Pro and got a 1To external drive with it. My main storage capacity on the MBP is 128 gb.

    So far I have access to my photos stored on the external drive. But when it comes to viewing them, it's not Photos that opens it it's the viewer. Is there a way to set it up so that Photos and IMovies open from the external drive ?

    And if I use photos to view a picture, it downloads the pics on the MBP hard drive.
    01-02-2016 07:50 AM
  2. robertk328's Avatar
    Hi there -

    You'll need to tell Photos to open the files from the external drive. Here's a tutorial on how to move the library:

    How to use external and referenced libraries with Photos for OS X | iMore

    Good luck!
    01-02-2016 12:57 PM
  3. berry_addict's Avatar
    Thanks it worked. My understanding is that now, whenever I want to use Photos or IMovie, it will work from my external drive.
    Last edited by berry_addict; 01-02-2016 at 02:43 PM.
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    01-02-2016 01:46 PM
  4. robertk328's Avatar
    Thanks it worked. My understanding is that now, whenever I want to use Photos or IMovie, it will work from my external drive.
    That's how I do mine -- works well!
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    01-03-2016 11:15 AM
  5. berry_addict's Avatar
    I'm new to the Retina MBP, so sometimes, it's not easy to find my references in order to fix minor issues with the MB.

    Will I be able to save my imovie project on the external drive as well ? Or will I have to do the same type of change to make sure that the bigger projects go directly on the external Drive ?
    01-03-2016 11:25 AM
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    01-03-2016 12:58 PM
  7. fatfury's Avatar
    So, this sounds like it would work with any library file like iTunes, etc? The only thing to remember is for any cloud syncing, the external drive would have to be connected to the mac, right?
    01-07-2016 04:28 PM
  8. robertk328's Avatar
    So, this sounds like it would work with any library file like iTunes, etc? The only thing to remember is for any cloud syncing, the external drive would have to be connected to the mac, right?
    I use an external drive for both iTunes and Photos and libraries are completely on the external drive.
    fatfury likes this.
    01-08-2016 07:21 AM

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