I'm hoping someone can help me understand how image files/folders work on Mac OS. -Bought a macbook a couple of years ago, moved all my stuff over from a PC, imported most (maybe all) of my pictures into iphoto. -Since then, uploaded many new pictures from an iphone (synced to iphoto) and a digital camera (uploaded to a pc then transferred to mac, saved in random different locations, some imported to iphoto). -Now: computer is on it's last legs, so trying to get organized to back everything up to the cloud. It appears I have two pictures folders in two different locations: Users/(username)/Pictures which is 22 GB Users/(username)/Documents/My Pictures which is 3 GB I want to consolidate and get rid of "My Pictures" - not even sure why this exists, maybe it's a holdover from my PC data transfer? Found a folder that is duplicated in both, so I deleted it from "my pictures." But when I did that, the folder also disappeared from the "pictures" folder. ???? if these are two different folders, why does deleting something from one affect the other??? even if I rename one, they are still somehow linked and changing one affects the other. sometimes I really hate apple. here's a screenshot of the folders I am talking about - called "a Few recent pics": https://www.dropbox.com/photos/mac%20help/#gallery:0 I also discovered that the folder called 'august' in "my pictures" - this folder is not listed in "pictures" but if I search for the image name it shows up there. So my question is: -How does this 'my pictures' folder relate to the 'pictures' folder? -how can i get rid of "my pictures" without losing anything or creating a lot of duplicates? -where do the pictures in my iphoto library actually live, the ones i transfer directly there from my iphone? (there's an iphoto icon in the "Pictures" folder but it just launches the application. I want to actually see the files and know where they are, how big they are, so I can back them up and potentially transfer them to a non mac system. any advice is much appreciated!