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My hard drive is partitioned into three drives, a primary boot drive, a secondary boot drive, and a swap drive. My iPhoto library sits on my swap drive which has plenty of free space. I recently imported a modest number of photos (~200), made a few image enhancements, and wanted to export to an external drive where I store all of my final edited photos. I've done this many times with iPhoto with no problem. However, when I tried to export just 50 photos to my external hard drive, only 30 were actually transferred, when I got a message saying "Unable to create /Volumes/\[disk name\]/Pictures". I am actually trying to export to a sub-folder of "Pictures" which I found odd since both folders are already created.
So, next I tried to export to my swap drive and the exact same thing happened. Then I tried to export just one file and got the same error. However, when I went back and tried to re-export one of the files that successfully exported previously, it worked just fine again. But both of the photos were from the same import and both were edited, so there's no reason they should act differently. I then tried to export to my desktop on my primary boot drive and had the same problem. Memory shouldn't be an issue as I have about 220GB on my external, 25GB on my swap, and 800MB on my primary boot of free space. The 50 photos should not be more than 200MB at most.
Last thing is that I went back and looked at iPhoto and I noticed that even though all the photos show up (in full res, not just thumbs), the photos that I cannot export, have a memory listed as 0kb. There are a couple photos that were unedited that still show up as having correct memory. So this must be the root of my problem. So how in the world do I fix it?
-- Brandon

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Welcome to the Apple Discussions.
800MB on my primary boot of free space.
That immediately raises a red flag. it's generally recommended that one have a minimum of 10 GB free space on a boot drive and 20 or so if you use iDVD much. The space is needed for temporary and virtual memory files by both system and applications.
I suggest you free up some space on the boot drive and see if that will correct the situation. Even it it does not you will have problems with only 800 MB of free space on the boot drive. Freeing up the free space will have an impact on system and application speed.
There have been reports of users who have let their free space on the boot drive dwindle down to the point where it would not boot.
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