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Old Aug 13, 2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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Question How to remove Local Disk (under DCIM)


I have two files of type "Local Disk" on my iPhone in one of the picture directories, when I copy all and paste (to copy the pics off the phone) it only copies some of them because when it hits those Local Disk files it stops the copy.

Any way to get rid of them without jailbreaking?
You cannot delete them from Windows explorer.

This has been asked elsewhere but no answers.


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Old Aug 15, 2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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I went through a lot of the old photos I took and deleted the bad ones, those local disk files disappeared after that.
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 11:06 PM   #3
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The easiest way to handle pictures on a Windows computer (and it appears you are using Windows 7) is to just use the Import command. It would help prevent some of the issues you are experiencing in copying and pasting photos. I would assume that you are deleting the pictures in the camera roll after moving them to the computer? This way you can also delete them after the import and let Windows take care of that as well. With Import, you just have a couple of clicks and it will only import those photos that you have not imported in the past, thus eliminating duplicates.

To each his own, and I am not saying you are doing it wrong, it is just a little easier the other way. You can have Auto Run configured since the phone is recognized as a digital camera and have it open Import automatically.
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Old Mar 23, 2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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Getting rid of multiple folders/local disks

Old thread but I think I found a solution. Had four local disks showing up under my DCIM folder and also having multiple folders in there. It was a pain in the ass but I deleted all the photos I didn't want any more, saved the rest onto my pc and any ones I wanted to keep on the iphone I imported with picture safe (im sure you could use similar apps to accomplish the same thing). Any way after deleting everything out of my camera roll I now am back to one folder and no local disks showing up. Awesome.
hope this helps someone
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Old Nov 5, 2014, 11:09 AM   #5
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Smile local disc safari settings

I went into settings, safari (my phone browser), selected advanced, then website data, then remove all website data (at the bottom) and the discs went away, I don't think I lost any of my saved passwords or anything that I wanted to keep probably just cached pages to help sites load faster, but the discs annoyed me so I was happy they went away.
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Old Nov 28, 2014, 12:15 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Local disk icons in iphone image folder

I too found so many local disk folders in the images folder in my iphone, want to know how to delete them without deleting the entire folder, and want to know the reason why are they being created?

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Old Dec 12, 2014, 12:12 PM   #7
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Two things:
Thing one: I think those "local disk" files are caused by burst photo collections. They most be in some strange format that windows doesn't recognize. If you change all your burst photos (on phone) into standard ones, they may go away. They probably need to be converted anyway to transfer properly to windows.

Thing two: The solution by CSMchris376 is probably the easiest. It works great and gets rid of the uncertainty and issues with copy+pasting. Not sure what it does with "local disk" though.
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Old Feb 21, 2015, 09:56 AM   #8
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Result: Tried removing all my burst photos, I still had Local Disk showing up.

=> If you don't want to remove all website data then do as follows: Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data > then Edit and proceed to erase each entry looking similar to this "a####.phobos.apple.com" . No more "Local Disk" and even erased the empty folders. It worked for me.

Result: Did this, still there.


>> Any photos that are altered (cropped, photo filters applied, etc.) result in one of these phantom "local disk" files appearing under the camera folder. I'd guess that the iPhone is saving off some sort of config file describing the edits that were made. I verified that either reverting the edit or deleting the edited photo entirely causes the corresponding "local disk" file to disappear.

>> Unfortunately, there appears to be no way to determine which photos each of these "edit" files applies to. In addition, they seem to cause major problems for Windows Explorer if you try to copy the entire folders; under Windows 7, it caused Explorer to crash every time for me.


Is there an app (like Screeny) that would scan the photo roll and find pictures that have been altered so I could delete those ones?
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