140Gb of Photos on iCloud, only 23Gb on Computer. How do I download the rest to make local backup?

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  1. cmF macrumors member

    cmF

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    #1
    I have 140Gb of photos according to iCloud, see attached. My Photos Library on my computer on says I have 23Gb stored locally.

    It kind of freaks me out that all that is stored in one place. How can I download all 140Gb so I can store the rest on a backup external hard drive? Thanks!
     

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  2. SOLLERBOY macrumors 6502a

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    Go into photos.app on your mac and in preferences select "store originals on mac". This will ensure they are all available on your mac.
     
  3. techwarrior macrumors 65816

    techwarrior

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    Also, uncheck the Optimize Mac Storage setting.

    Before you do these changes, make sure there is enough space on the Mac HD to accommodate the entire 140Gb library.
     

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