Deleted photos from photos.app still in old iPhoto library

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  1. ajo macrumors 6502

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    Pretty much as the title says. Just happened to notice it when trying to sort out and organise parents photo library.

    These must be taking up space. Can I delete the iPhoto library now it's not used? The iPhoto library is quite a bit larger than the photos library so I'm guessing that after the migration photos that are deleted from photos aren't also deleted from the old iPhoto library?
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    They're not, if you're confident everything is ok in Photos, delete the iPhoto one.
     
  3. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The whole library file? Il back it up too first just in case.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/the-hard-link-between-photos-and-iphoto/

    Read this before you decide what to do. That old iPhoto library is not really using all the space it appears to be.
     
  5. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No but when I open package contents in the old iPhoto library, I can also browse to and open photos that have since been deleted from the Photos library. These are the ones which must be taking up space.
     
  6. Bruno09, Nov 8, 2016
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    It's all normal that the photos you delete in Photos stay in the iPhoto Library.
    And yes they take space.

    If you no longer need the iPhoto Library, move it to an external hard drive, then delete it from the internal drive.
     
  7. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the clarification
     

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