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iPhoto nuggets

I've been complaining about having to import 54K images into iPhoto and as it happens there are some things I need to remember the next time this happens.

To recap:

  • old, out of warranty MacBook died
  • I had copied all of the images to a HDD recently but not 100% current
  • My BackBlaze account appears to be current
  • My Google+ (aka Picasa lite) is also current
So I bought a 2TB HDD from MacSales. Formatted and Carbon Copy Clone'd my 256GB SSD onto the new HDD and booted. Next:
  • I copied all of the "master" images from the manual copy from the external drive to my desktop
  • I imported all of the images into my new iPhoto installation (took 5+ hours)
  • iPhoto appeared to hang but was probably creating thumbnails and rejecting my MOV files
But here is the bad news.
  • The "master" folder is partitioned by IMPORT date
  • the source images were spread over time
  • the new iPhoto MASTER folder was a single folder
  • iPhoto refused to import 2.6K MOV files that were in the MASTER folder
  • I had to extract the MOV files from the source and drag-n-drop them on iPhoto (not confirmed yet)
  • retrieve the missing files from the BackBlaze backup
  • restart Picasa backup
  • restart BackBlaze backup
One interesting observation. My wife needed to complete her timesheet for her work. The spreadsheet was converted to Apple's Numbers but now that her Mac was in flux she was forced to use Google's spreadsheet app. I thought the experience was better than using Numbers. Numbers is a good spreadsheet program but I'm totally over this PC is the center of my universe thing.


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