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I have a portable PC and a desktop PC
On both I have Picasa2
On the portable, I have a folder with 500 photos and defined an album to view them correctly sorted
I have no problem copying now the 500 photos to my desktop
But "where" is the album so I can copy it as well ?
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Question by:LeTay
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by:Ian Meredith
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First, I'd ask this question?   Do you have these photos backed up
somewhere???

Disks fail.  "Fat fingers" can accidentally delete stuff.  Things
happen.  You definitely want a backup of your photos.  For what it's
worth, backing them up to an external USB/Firewire hard drive is very
fast and completely painless.  $100.00 gets you a 350GB-500GB external
drive these days...  Mine's 320GB - I have maybe 40GB of photos...

ANYWAY... moving album definitions from one computer to another.  Are
the photos on the new computer in the same places as they were on the
old computer?  That is, same drive letter and same path on disk?   The
photos need to be in the same place on the new computer if you want to
retain your album definitions.

Assuming they're in the same place, I'd try something like this:
1. On your old computer, in Picasa, do a Tools -> "Backup Pictures..."
menu choice.
2. Select a single small folder of photos to be backed up.
3. Burn the backup to a CD (or DVD).
4. Put the backup CD in your new computer.
5. The restore program should "auto start" - if not, navigate to the
CD drive and run the restore program at the root of the CD.
6. Be sure to select the "original locations" choice during the
restore.

A backup of even a single folder always backs up the whole Picasa
database.  I suspect that the restore of that folder would put out the
whole database (which includes the album definitions).  I haven't
tried this, though.

The "for sure" way to do this is to do a full Picasa backup of
everything (all your photos and the Picasa database) and restore
*that* on the new computer with the "original location" option.  That
will definitely retain your album definitions.

You *can* do a full backup to a networked disk drive (click the "New
Set" button to configure a backup to disk, just after you've done the
Tools -> "Backup Pictures..." menu choice).  You could map a drive
from your old laptop to your new laptop, do the backup directly to the
new laptop, restore the backup on the new laptop, and then delete the
backup you created on the new laptop.

Hope this helps.
Ian
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by:LeTay
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Looks very heavy all that, when I just want to move an album
Any ida "where" it is stored ?
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Ian Meredith earned 2000 total points
ID: 20143727
You will find the Picasa application data here....

C:\documents and settings\'username'\local settings\application data\Google\Picasa2\db2

You may need to turn on 'show hidden files and folders' to get to this location.
Open - Windows Explorer (or My Computer)
Click on Tools menu and select Folder Options
Click on the View tab and under the Advanced Settings, enable 'Show Hidden Files and Folders'

You will now be able to see the Local Settings folder.....

Ian.
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