iPhoto file management

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sionharris, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. sionharris macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    I've only just started using iPhoto and I'm ending up with four of each file. One original in a folder I created on the desktop before using iPhoto, and then three which iPhoto stores - one in 'Originals', one in 'Data' and one in 'Modified'. My 'iPod Photo Cache' is also 60MB in size. What the hell is going on? Is this normal? I'm going to run out of disk space VERY fast!
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    You can dump the originals when you've imported into iPhoto (by 'dump' I mean you can move them onto a CD/DVD or save them elsewhere).

    iPhoto will keep the original file, plus a version that has edits and effects you have made. This is so you can always revert to the original if you want to. I'm not sure off the top of my head what the version in 'Data' is.
  3. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Any photos you add to iPhoto are copied into the originals folder and then never modified again. The data folder contains thumbnails of all of your photos for faster loading of the library, it does NOT have a full second copy of your photos. If, and only if, you modify a photo in iPhoto, it will save the modified version in the modified folder. This is so that you can always revert to the original.

    Once they are in iPhoto, you can safely delete your folder of photos on the desktop. iPhoto should never, and will never, make more than two copies of your photos, usually it is closer to one copy unless you modify all of your photos from within iPhoto.

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