By Glenn Fleishman

mac911 pick iphoto library

Steven Graeber just upgraded to El Capitan and wants to move his photos from iPhoto to Photos for OS X, but:

Photos gave me an option of 5 different libraries to choose from. Why is there more than one? I have never used multiple libraries. And the dates on these are from times I wasn’t using iPhoto at all.

You’ve got a couple of approaches to solve this.

I’d try to figure out first what’s in those libraries, to make sure they aren’t holding pictures or video you want.

  • Quit iPhoto if it’s open.
  • Hold down the Option key.
  • In the dialog box that appears, select an iPhoto library. If they don’t all show up, use Open Other to find them.
  • See what’s in the library and whether it contains anything you’re missing.
  • Repeat steps 1 to 4 for each iPhoto library.
  • You can select among iPhoto libraries by holding down the Option key when launching.

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