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New laptop with most pictures on the external hard drive
October 17, 2012
1:14 pm
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Crystle Minor
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So now I know – move pictures from your computer to an external hard drive through Picassa and your golden.  You can see all your pictures on the external through Picassa.  Perfect – except…..

We have a new laptop and not many pictures on it.  I spent a couple (ok – quite a few!) hours last weekend moving the ones that had people in them to the laptop so I could use the face recg.  That is amazing by the way!

Now that I know I can see all of my photos on my external my grand idea is to move all the pictures to the laptop – then back to the external using Picasa so it works the way I want.

The question I have is – will I loose the face recg info I spent so much time on already? And the next is – am I missing something important as to why this is not a good idea.  It makes me wonder why would you ever keep pictures on the computer taking up valuable space if you have an external hard drive. 

Any pro’s or cons?

 

Thanks so much!!!!

October 18, 2012
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Crystle,

With Picasa 3.9 they changed how albums, and face recognition is stored.  The data is now stored with the picture or in the .ini in the same folder.  So … when moving pictures it will keep the face recognition info in tact.  Or at least it should!  I haven’t actually experimented with this since 3.9.  I’d love it if you’d do the experiment and let me know!  🙂

As for why keeping pictures on your computer.  Good question.  Two reasons – 1) it is a little faster to do the editing work and 2)an external hard drive can be lost  SO – I put pictures on my computer to start with.  I edit them there and keep them for a year or so.  After they have been happily backed up to DVD, I move them to a USB hard drive.  Bottom line – I have about 1-1.5 years worth of pictures on my computer and the remaining 10 years worth on the USB hard drive.

October 18, 2012
4:51 pm
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Crystle Minor
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Thanks!  I have them all on the computer right now – and you have a good point about keeping some of the more recent ones.  I am working on orginizing them by month (great idea!) and once I finish that I will move most to the external.  I will let you know how it turns out!

 

Thank you!!

January 26, 2013
8:50 pm
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Jay Norris
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So, … If I get a new laptop, and install Picasa 3.9 on it, and I have my pics on both an external HD and DVDs (which I do), and I transfer some of the pics onto the new PC, will the edits that I have done on the old laptop, show up on the new laptop?

Will the albums and tags also transfer over?  Confused

 

Thanks,

Jay

January 27, 2013
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Jay,

 I transfer some of the pics onto the new PC, will the edits that I have done on the old laptop, show up on the new laptop?

I would say yes, but your statement that you will transfer some of the pics onto the new PC gives me pause.  Picasa’s edits are stored in the picasa.ini file that is located in the same folder as the pictures.  So, if you copy entire folders, then yes – all edits will be there.  But if you just copy one or two pictures, then no – you will just get the original picture (unless you saved.)

Will the albums and tags also transfer over? 

Tags = yes, Albums = depends.  Tags have always been stored with the picture file.  Albums changed with 3.9.  So, if you were using Picasa 3.9 on your old computer then, yes – your album information is stored in the picasa.ini file and will be on the new computer if you transfer full folders over.  However, if you were using a lower version on the old computer, then albums were stored in a special Picasa database and will not be on the new computer.  

Also realize that if your album included pictures from folders you didn’t copy over to the new computer … those pictures will not be in the albums.

January 27, 2013
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You may want to review the video on  How Picasa Handles Edits

 

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