photos size

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by darkweather, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. darkweather macrumors regular

    darkweather

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    #1
    i have a folder of photos about 20 gb. i import that photos to photos app now i have a 20 gb of photos folder + 20 gb of photos.photoslibrary file = 40 gb disk space.
    is there anything to do that make photos app use folder instead of library file?
     
  2. mgroot macrumors regular

    mgroot

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    #2
  3. darkweather thread starter macrumors regular

    darkweather

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    #3
  4. mgroot macrumors regular

    mgroot

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    #4
    Very simply said it's only a link to the original picture and not an actual extra copy of the photo. So because it points to all the same photos as are in your folder the size is the same, but it's not added to the original size already there.
    It's just a very small file (for lack of a better word) that says.. Oh, you want to watch photo100.jpg? Then go there (and it points to the photo in the folder)

    DON'T do this, but if you were to delete the library you would not gain any diskspace
     
  5. darkweather thread starter macrumors regular

    darkweather

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    #5
    Ok. So, why finder shows the size of "photos.photoslibrary" file 20gb? Is it a mistake?
     
  6. mgroot macrumors regular

    mgroot

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    #6
    Because the size of the folder with the photos is 20gb, it's basically only a mirror of the other folder (without it actually being there). So it's not a mistake, it's how it works on these types of operating systems.
     
  7. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    #7
    Doesn't make any sense to me. I deleted my iphotos library after upgrading to 10.10.3 and importing photos into my new photos library. After the import I had duplicate pictures between the iphotos and photos libraries. After deleting the old iphotos library I recovered 3 gb of disk space.
     
  8. mgroot macrumors regular

    mgroot

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    #8
    It may not make sense to you, but it's how it works! ;)
     
  9. dcorban macrumors 6502a

    dcorban

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    #9
    Photos by default makes a copy of any photos you import. So, it is possible that he has double the storage use and could delete the folders.

    Regardless if they are duplicated or hard linked, he is able to safely delete the folders of photos
     
  10. darkweather thread starter macrumors regular

    darkweather

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    #10
    i use omni disk sweeper and it shows that photos file (like an archive file with lots of file in it) keeps 20 gb of space. so i still can't understand.
     

Share This Page