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Picasa picture transfer
February 15, 2015
5:21 pm
Ross Wolfe

Hi –

I have transferred pictures from a PC to my macbook using an external usb hard drive.  I did this several years ago. I am sick of searching through 12,000 pictures because they did not transfer in the folders I had them in.  They transferred as one giant folder!  Do you have suggestions? Which video or videos would be helpful?

Thanks in advance,


February 17, 2015
3:01 pm
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Any idea what you did to get all photos transferred into one folder? If you transferred from a PC to a Mac, I assume you just copied and pasted the folders, so they would by necessity copy the folder structure. 

hmmmmm … after giving it some thought, I’ll bet I know what you did. You copied the folders to an external hard drive, but when you went to put them on the new computer, you opened Picasa and used the Import command only specifying one folder to import TO.  That would result in all pictures being in one folder on your new Mac computer.

The better way to do it would be either:

  1. Simply copy the pictures from the USB Hard Drive to your Mac’s Hard drive. If you copy the top level folder (Pictures) then the subfolders stay in place
  2. Just plug in the external hard drive and tell Picasa to look for your pictures there. See this article: http://picasageeks.com/2014/08…..ard-drive/

Meanwhile, if you do indeed have all 12,000 pictures in one folder, here’s how I would organize them:

  1. Sort by date
  2. Select all pictures for one month
  3. Move all selected pictures to a new folder named for that month.
  4. Repeat 2&3 for as many months as you have pictures. If that is too much work, consider just folders for years, and maybe a few special folders for events with lots of pictures.

I will put it on my list to make a video specifically on this procedure, meanwhile here are a couple videos that should help:

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