External Hard Drive and Import Issue

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I'm sorry...I know the answer is here but I've read and read and just can't understand.
I have an external hard and imported about 30 gigs into Iphoto with the settings to NOT create a copy into the Iphotos directory. So I understand why the don't show up in Iphoto when the external is not connected but I don't understand why 10 gigs of memory was consumed when I executed the import???
Any help for a newbie would be gratefully appreciated....

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A. Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). iPhoto needs to have the Library sitting on disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Users with the Library sitting on disks otherwise formatted regularly report issues including, but not limited to, importing, saving edits and sharing the photos.
B. When you run a Referenced Library iPhoto makes aliases that point to your own photos. To convert to a Managed Library you need to replace those with the actual files. AliasHerder is an application that will replace these aliases with the actual files, and so preserve your Library and all your work in it. As always: back up first.
C. To move the Library:
1. Quit iPhoto
2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.
3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.
4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.

November 30, -0001

External Hard Drive and Import Issue

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