Does iPhoto Import or Link?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ben1257sb, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. ben1257sb macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    Hello MacRumors!

    Ben Here. I just switched from windows to Mac less than a week ago! Exciting stuff! I have a question though...

    When I transferred all my files to my mac, I had about 100 picture folders in the "my pictures" directory. When I tried to open all those 100 picture folders in iPhoto, it imported them.

    My question is:
    Does iPhoto link those pictures? Or does iPhoto make another copy of the pictures in iPhoto?

    Thanks for the help and I'm glad to be a part of the forums!
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    IIRC, its default behavior is to make a copy of them, but you can change that.

    Check the iPhoto preferences, I think what you're looking for is on the Advanced tab.
  3. ben1257sb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    is there any way to manage my photos within iPhoto?

    For example:

    When I delete a photo in iPhoto, can it also delete the root picture as well?
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    iPhoto manipulates its copy or its link, not the original.
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    When you delete a photo in iPhoto, it initially goes into the iPhoto trash(it's in the sidebar). Only when you empty that trash is when it is deleted from your Mac.

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