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Optimise Storage and importing more image files into Photos than my hard drive can accomodate

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Hello,

I've dabbled with Lightroom over the last couple years but I think it might be overkill for the amount of editing I do, so I want to give Photos a try.

I haven't made many edits in Lightroom so I'm not worried about transferring my Lightroom work into Photos. What I am trying to figure out is how best to import all my photo files and utilise Optimise Storage. I have over 200GB of photos, which is more than the space available of my MBP hard drive that I want to edit the photos on. I'd like to take advantage of the Mac/Photos 'Optimise Storage' iCloud feature so that I can edit all my photos even if they aren't all on my laptop hard drive (I realise this will require an internet connection).

When I try to copy my photos over to my Mac I get a message that my hard drive is full. There is a rather lengthy set of instructions which I believe cover how to import more files than your hard drive can accommodate on iMore -- see the comment by 'johnnydt' to 'Pete': .

Is this the only of best way to accomplish importing all my image files given my hard drive constraint?

I would also like to continue to keep my RAW image files organised in individual folders based on period of time/them (e.g. 2016 daughters's b-day ). Can anyone vouch for how well the below GitHub script works for importing your folder structure into Photos?

I was also hoping to continue to keep my original RAW image files in folders on a separate drive. Ideally I could keep this drive synced with deletions/edits made on my MBP/iCloud. Is there any way to do that?

Thanks.

 
Date: Jan 10, 2017   


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