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Chopping a Photos library into pieces isn’t reducing the size


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Oct 26, 2006
My Photos library is 190GB and spans 20 years so I’m going to split it into a bunch of smaller ones. (everything is on a new SS 2TB external drive. It’s a 3 year old MacBook Pro with up to date software)

I duplicated 2000-2020 and had two 190GB files. So far so good.I opened one and deleted 2006-2020. Then I re-deleted the images in the recently deleted folder. So I have one Library for 2000-2020, and another for 2000-2005.

According to the finder I am left with 2 190GB files. I open both and it clearly indicates that one has 33k pix and the other has 8k pix yet they’re the same size.

I chopped the smaller one into two pieces and am left with 3(!) 190GB files. Disk Utility doesn’t help.

What gives?
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