Iphoto full of pictures. But where can I find the folders they are in? .

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  1. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    Hey guys,

    So either I am blind or things were moved around with Snow leopard. But I am trying to find my iphoto file folders. You know the ones that have the month and year on them. There are also 'Modified' and 'Original' names listed on the folders. The only folder ( and it is not even a folder) is the iphoto icon. I cannot click on that and see just the files, it opens the whole iphoto library using the iphoto application. Also if I select a file from the application and choose " show in finder/show file", I only get that file and have no way of knowing what file that file is in.

    I am trying to select old original and modified files, as well as photos i dont want in my library anymore, so that I can clear up some hard drive space.

    Have any of you had this problem? Am I blind? Are they in a different spot now with Snow Leopard?

    Any tips will be helpful. Thank so much.

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  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    This comes up often. Right-Click on that iPhoto Library icon in the Pictures folder and select Show Package Contents.

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  3. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I can't tell from your description if you have tried this. Ctrl click (or right click) on the iphoto folder, I think. And then its something like "show package" or "reveal contents" - something like that - I'm going from memory here....

    The iPhoto photos are now "hidden" in a package to prevent people to do what you want to do, which is to move and delete photos outside of the iPhoto application. When you do this iPhoto loses track of what photos you have, and where they are. In other words you are corrupting the iPhoto database.

    Your best bet is to use iPhoto to do the housekeeping, though I'm pretty sure that if you peek into the contents to merely see what's there you won't break anything.
    Good Luck.
     
  4. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So, what would be the best way to remove some of my pictures? Drag them directly from iphoto into a file in my external? Then delete them in iphoto?
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Never attempt to do it that way. If you want to delete a photo do it through iPhoto, never use the finder. You will corrupt the iPhoto database and be forced to restore it from backup.

    iPhoto hides the files to prevent people from doing this.

    If you do delete them as you descrbibe the best outcome will be that you wil still see the thumbnamis in iPhoto and they will still show up in searches but when you go to look at them yu will see an icon for "mising file". The worse case is a trashed library.

    Yes, except skip the first part about dragging. If you want them gone just do the delete part. If you want a copy of the image some place then the term is "export". (File->Export... )
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  6. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I dont want to get rid of the files completely. Otherwise I wouldnt be trying to find them, nor would this post include information about an external hard drive. I simply want to store photos I do not need to use on my computer currently and save them on to the external.

    So therefore, i need to get them on to the external ( not all of them) and save them.

    Whats the best way of getting them on the external?

    Thanks
     
  7. Creative One macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps this should be in the Macrumors guide section?
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    If iPhoto is managing the files, there is no way to have them in both iPhoto and on the external ...

    You can drag them from iPhoto to the external, and then delete the ones from iPhoto. That will make a copy of them on the external and delete the originals from your iPhoto library.
     
  9. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, thats what I guess ill have to do. Just thought I might be able to find the folders and make it easier. Guess not! But I see why this would cause so many problems down the line.

    Thanks guys.
     
  10. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I got the help i needed. But thanks!:confused:
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Trying to manually manage files that are already managed by a database is just going to corrupt the database.

    I dont see how trying to find all of the individual files in their folders is easier than either drag and drop or Export from iPhoto.
     
  12. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    iPhoto can be set up with more than one library. There is a good deal of information on the Apple Support site, in the "community" area. Do a search there on multiple libraries. You could one library set up for your external, and one for your internal HD.
     

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