How to find photos on my hard drive that I have deleted in iPhoto?

GHicks

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Help! In an attempt to free up some much needed space I have gone through my iphoto library and taken about 5GB of photos from my iphoto library and moved them to an external HDD. I then deleted the albums from iphoto. However, I have just realised that I have only deleted them from the iphoto interface rather than my HDD!

Any suggestions on how I can find photos that I have deleted fom iphoto on my hdd and delete them?

Thanks in advance.
 

DoctorCrap

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Go to iPhoto and search for those images in everything first.
Then get and application that can remove data files of applications, I use AppZapper.
Do not remove the application just the data that is used for the images if you found them.
 

scarred

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Help! In an attempt to free up some much needed space I have gone through my iphoto library and taken about 5GB of photos from my iphoto library and moved them to an external HDD. I then deleted the albums from iphoto. However, I have just realised that I have only deleted them from the iphoto interface rather than my HDD!

Any suggestions on how I can find photos that I have deleted fom iphoto on my hdd and delete them?

Thanks in advance.
Did you empty the trash in iPhoto itself?
 

archdelux

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Oct 12, 2008
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not to hijack the thread, but where are the iphoto files stored? I have all my original photos in my Pictures folder, but the 'iphoto library' file is only 100MB, not 100GB like my actual pictures..
 

parc

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Oct 13, 2012
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Go to iPhoto and search for those images in everything first.
Then get and application that can remove data files of applications, I use AppZapper.
Do not remove the application just the data that is used for the images if you found them.
This is crap. Your name seems to be your program.
 

GGJstudios

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Help! In an attempt to free up some much needed space
Freeing up space in Mac OS X
I then deleted the albums from iphoto. However, I have just realised that I have only deleted them from the iphoto interface rather than my HDD!
You need to empty the iPhoto trash. iPhoto > Empty Trash
not to hijack the thread, but where are the iphoto files stored? I have all my original photos in my Pictures folder, but the 'iphoto library' file is only 100MB, not 100GB like my actual pictures..
iPhoto doesn't save pictures as individual files. It stores them in a single iPhoto library file.

Where iPhoto Pictures are Located and How to Access the iPhoto Library and Picture Files

Then get and application that can remove data files of applications, I use AppZapper.
In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
 
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Weaselboy

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not to hijack the thread, but where are the iphoto files stored? I have all my original photos in my Pictures folder, but the 'iphoto library' file is only 100MB, not 100GB like my actual pictures..
It sounds like you have "Copy items to the iPhoto library" in this iPhoto pref panel unchecked. With this unchecked the original photos are not moved into the iPhoto library. I keep this checked and just drag all photos into iPhoto then delete the originals and backup the iPhoto library of course.

 

archdelux

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It sounds like you have "Copy items to the iPhoto library" in this iPhoto pref panel unchecked. With this unchecked the original photos are not moved into the iPhoto library. I keep this checked and just drag all photos into iPhoto then delete the originals and backup the iPhoto library of course.

Well, actually I do have it checked. I want to keep the orginal files and just have iPhoto make a copy. It seems that it did this just fine, but I don't know where it is storing the 100GBs of files. As I mentioned before, the 'iphoto library' file is only 100MB..

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iPhoto doesn't save pictures as individual files. It stores them in a single iPhoto library file.

Where iPhoto Pictures are Located and How to Access the iPhoto Library and Picture Files
But then why is my iphoto library file only 100MB, when it is clear from the harddrive space that it cost 100GB of space..it seems that iphoto is storing the files elsewhere..I just don't know where
 

Weaselboy

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Well, actually I do have it checked. I want to keep the orginal files and just have iPhoto make a copy. It seems that it did this just fine, but I don't know where it is storing the 100GBs of files. As I mentioned before, the 'iphoto library' file is only 100MB..
Hmm... with that checked the photos should also be stored in the iPhoto library and it would be at least as large as the folders you mentioned. Are all the photos from the folders shown in iPhoto? If so, they must by in the library. Have you at some point dragged all those photos into iPhoto?
 

archdelux

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Hmm... with that checked the photos should also be stored in the iPhoto library and it would be at least as large as the folders you mentioned. Are all the photos from the folders shown in iPhoto? If so, they must by in the library. Have you at some point dragged all those photos into iPhoto?
I imported the pics within iphoto and everything is showing up as it should. iPhoto works just fine, but I just have no idea where everything is being stored and so I don't know what to backup in case something happens..

I restarted the computer several times, restarted iphoto, etc. the iPhoto library file is still only 100MB..
 

Weaselboy

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I imported the pics within iphoto and everything is showing up as it should. iPhoto works just fine, but I just have no idea where everything is being stored and so I don't know what to backup in case something happens..

I restarted the computer several times, restarted iphoto, etc. the iPhoto library file is still only 100MB..
I wonder if you have two iPhoto libraries. One with all the photos that your are seeing in iPhoto and another somewhere that you are looking at as only 100MB?

Hold down the option key when you start iPhoto and you will get a window like this to select which iPhoto library to use. Is it showing the path (my arrow) to the same one you are seeing as 100MB?

 

archdelux

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Oct 12, 2008
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I wonder if you have two iPhoto libraries. One with all the photos that your are seeing in iPhoto and another somewhere that you are looking at as only 100MB?

Hold down the option key when you start iPhoto and you will get a window like this to select which iPhoto library to use. Is it showing the path (my arrow) to the same one you are seeing as 100MB?

Thanks! I did what you said and it was the same file, checked the file again and suddenly the size is up to 100GB.. weird.. thanks - for some reason just doing that mysteriously changed the file size
 
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