Find all photos to delete imac

macca1980

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Got a 20" imac . On system properties it says there is 4gb of photos . How do I find them to delete as they may be previous owners
 

Weaselboy

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Did you make a new admin account for yourself to use when you got the system? If you did, all the previous user's photos would be gone.

Even if you have no user photos stored, there will be some photos shown in that storage number as it includes some graphic images that are part of the OS.
 

macca1980

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Did you make a new admin account for yourself to use when you got the system? If you did, all the previous user's photos would be gone.



Even if you have no user photos stored, there will be some photos shown in that storage number as it includes some graphic images that are part of the OS.

Hi , he had deleted his profile and I have a new one. I just thought 4Gb was a lot of images. I don't have an install disc or anything so was a bit wary of starting completely fresh.
 

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Hi , he had deleted his profile and I have a new one. I just thought 4Gb was a lot of images. I don't have an install disc or anything so was a bit wary of starting completely fresh.
If the old account was deleted and you have a new account with no photos, then yes... 4GB is a lot.

Open Finder and select your Pictures folder then hit command-i and tell me what it says for folder size?
 

macca1980

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If the old account was deleted and you have a new account with no photos, then yes... 4GB is a lot.



Open Finder and select your Pictures folder then hit command-i and tell me what it says for folder size?

It doesn't say pictures ... I have all my files, desktop , documents & downloads when I go to finder

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Ok found the pictures folder by going through the hdd. It's only 1.5mb
 

macca1980

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Hmmm.... are you sure his old account is gone? Open Finder then go to Macintosh HD/Users and what do you see there?

What OS X version are you on?

I am on mavericks .
I can't see the HD in finder (apologies noob) but the HDD is on my desktop and there is only one profile there . It says new user even though I have renamed my profile.

I was unsure how to do a clean install as I don't have disk
 

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I am on mavericks.
This makes it easy. Just command-r boot to the recovery screen then use Disk Utility to erase Macintosh HD to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. Then quit Disk Utility and click reinstall OS. The 5GB OS will download over the Internet and install. You can setup a new account at the end of the install.

Of course this will erase any data you have on there now.
 

macca1980

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This makes it easy. Just command-r boot to the recovery screen then use Disk Utility to erase Macintosh HD to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. Then quit Disk Utility and click reinstall OS. The 5GB OS will download over the Internet and install. You can setup a new account at the end of the install.



Of course this will erase any data you have on there now.

Ok I will backup then try this. Thanks for your help