Mylio can utilize external drives in multiple ways with your Mylio Library. This includes importing photos from your external drive to your machine, displaying the photos on your external drive without copying them to your machine, or even protecting the photos you already have in Mylio to your external drive. Whatever the case may be, Mylio can be used to help keep your photos and videos all together, protected, and synced across all of your devices.
Understanding External Drive Importing
When importing photos from an external drive, Mylio will often set up the drive as a Mylio Device. This adds the drive as a device to Mylio and allows Mylio to protect the photos not on the drive to the drive, without you needing to do anything manually. For instance, if you have all of your photos on an external drive and import them into Mylio, Mylio will display the content of that drive. If, however, you download a series of pictures from Facebook directly to your computer and import them into Mylio, Mylio will also now protect those photos on your external drive when it is connected. The drive and your Mylio Library will be a 1:1 copy of each other.
Importing photos on an external drive outside of the “External Drive” import option is not supported by Mylio and may cause unwanted behavior.
Importing from an External Drive
To select the correct import option for your photos and import from your external drive, follow the steps below…
- Open Mylio and select ‘Import’ from the Navigation Panel.
- Select ‘External Drive’
- Select the drive you would like to import from or set up as a Mylio Device.
- Mylio will display three import options, all with different functionality. See these options below…
Mirror External Drive
Mirroring an external drive is a valuable way of both importing your photos into Mylio and ensuring that all photos imported to Mylio that are not on the mirrored drive are protected there. Mirroring a drive means that Mylio will create a 1:1 copy of your Mylio Library on the external drive. Any photos added to Mylio that are not on the drive will be imported and protected to the drive automatically.
Since Mylio is keeping a 1:1 copy of your images, this means that deleting a file on the external drive will also delete it in Mylio. Deleting a photo from Mylio will also delete the photo from the external drive.
Let’s look more closely at mirroring an external drive…
- Once you are given the option to mirror the external drive, select it.
- Select the folder(s) that you would like be imported into Mylio. These folders will remain on your external drive as originals and fulfill Mylio’s default device sync policy on your internal drive.
- Select ‘Choose’ to begin the import process
- Once the import has completed, Mylio will display the folders previously selected as top level folders.
- The external drive also now displays as a device in your device list and has a default sync policy of originals. Any photos not currently on that drive will be protected there automatically. The photos not already on the drive will be synced in a folder called “Mylio_xxxxx” where “xxxxx” is a unique identifier. This folder name can not be altered. The external drive also has all of the benefits of a regular Mylio Device, meaning it can be taken between your other machines to sync originals.
- Since your internal drive has a sync policy that is being fulfilled, versions of your photos (thumbnails, previews, or originals) will be stored internally. This means you can view and edit your photos (previews and originals only) even when the drive is not attached.
Copy External Drive
By selecting ‘Copy External Drive’ command, Mylio will allow you to select a folder or folders that you wish to copy off of the external drive and to your internal drive. The copied folders will remain both on the external drive and on the internal drive, and the external drive can be removed and not plugged in again to access the original images.
The ‘Copy External Drive’ option is valuable in many situations. A popular use for this option would be to copy a specific folder of images off of a drive that you may be borrowing from a friend or relative. This option could also be used when first populating your Mylio Library if you are trying to consolidate your media from many different external drives to one internal drive.
Create Protection Drive
Mylio will treat the previously selected drive as a Mylio Device. Any media added to Mylio (whether on the external drive, internal drive, different external drive) will be protected to this newly added Mylio Device. For more information on adding external drives as Mylio devices, see here.
Removing images from Mylio that are on External Drive or Removing External Drive as Mylio Device
If you wish to remove a folder from Mylio that has been previously imported, you can do so by untoggling the folder fro, the Source Folders menu. This will remove the folder from Mylio but keep it on the external drive. More information can be found here.
If you wish to remove the external drive as a Mylio device, you can do so by unregistering the device in the device list. This process will not delete photos from Mylio or photos from the Mylio_xxxxx folder on the external drive.