iPhoto newbie question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Xonnie316, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Xonnie316 macrumors member

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    iPhoto newbie question, I have 65Gbs of pictures & videos from the past 3 years, and yesterday was the day that I imported them all into iPhoto.

    I noticed that when importing them, that they actually get copied into iPhoto.

    So that would be 130Gbs altogether, taking a big part of my hard drive space.

    And I really don't wish to have my mac to run slower.

    Does iPhoto always have to make a copy of the originals into its library?
     
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    No you can tell iPhoto to leave photo management to you and leave the photos in their original folders. Preference > Advanced > uncheck 'copy photos'. You'll have to delete your iPhoto library and start again. But much better to do that now than after you have made a lot of changes.

    If you do this I'm not sure what happens if you move photos in and out of folders manually, I'm presuming it wouldn't be aware of new ones you added, unless it looks in every folder every time you open it, which would be slow.
     
  3. Xonnie316 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks heaps Tumbleweed666!

    Geez I was so lazy to check out the preferences ....
     

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