Deleting photos in iPhoto

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Nydator, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Nydator macrumors member

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    I just discovered that when I have deleted photos in iPhoto, they disappear from the iPhoto library, but remain on the hard disk (ie, still appear in the Finder). Does this mean I have to delete them all again through the finder, or is there a way to delete them totally through iPhoto?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    iPhoto has it's own trash system: have you emptied the trash in iPhoto?
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yep

    Seconded.

    It took me a try or two before I figured this out when I first started using iPhoto. I kept deleting pictures and couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting disk space back.
     
  4. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    I don't know about iPhoto 6, but in 5, you still have to delete through the finder even after emptying the iPhoto trash.
     
  5. Nydator thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, guys! I didn't realise iPhoto had its own trash system. 425 unwanted photos deleted with one click!
     
  6. neuhofer macrumors newbie

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    I'm having same difficulty and am baffled as to how to actually remove images from the HD. I'm new to Mac as well. I imported from external drive (where I had saved my pictures from Windows machine). I'm using a managed, not referenced library.

    If I delete and empty trash within iPhoto 08 - I can still find the image in finder . . . somewhat confused by how these things are handled.

    How do I physically remove those images within iPhoto to conserver HD space?

    Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated.
     
  7. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    in iPhoto preferences, you can choose whether or not you want to copy the files when adding to the iPhoto library, similar to itunes. If this option is checked, you will have a 2nd copy impedded in the iPhoto library folder (right click on the icon and select to "show package contents, you will see, by date, folders of the duplicate photos). I have never not had this option checked, as I too keep my photos on an external and know that if they are duplicated in the iPhoto library, they are all backed up at least one level. for sure, if this option is checked, you will have to delete from the finder. If the option is unchecked, I don't know. Just test it.
     
  8. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    There used to be a freeware program called iPhoto Library Diet. It would remove the deleted photos, originals that have been edited, dupes, and what not. Here it is. It looks like it has not yet been updated for iPhoto '08.
     

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