iPhotos and Photos double storage?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Ellumination, May 7, 2015.

  1. Ellumination macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2015

    So I'm looking in my finder and see that both iPhoto and photos are 85+ Gb. Now I'm not sure if these are fetching data from the same place or if they actually have two libraries i.e doublets of al my picture??

    Obviously I don't want this but it seemed stupid. However when I excluded iPhotos and Photos from my Time Machine backup the backup reduced in 160+ Gb indicating that they are intact separate!

    What's going on? Are they overlapping, in which case I should delete one right? or is Time Machine doing a bad job?

  2. TETENAL macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2014
    The original images are hard linked and therefore only take up space on the drive once, regardless of what the Finder tells you.

    I am not sure whether time machine is smart enough to only backup them once though.
  3. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not true

    Please, PLEASE search before asking questions like this.

    It's been answered so, so many times.

    The answer is no, it doesn't.

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