Ways of deduplicating photos

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by djrobsd, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Over the years, I have had many computers, and many photo libraries. Somehow, I didn't keep them all in order, so I have Picasa on my PC with a lot of photos, I have iPhoto on my Macbook Pro, and then I have a couple of folders on my external hard drives with backups of my previous original 1st gen Macbook Pro photo library, as well as a backup of photos from my old PC.

    To put it simply, I have a complete and utter mess on my hands! What is the best way for me to take all the photos I have in my existing iPhoto library, and then add in all these other folders without creating an even bigger mess for myself? Should I do all the de-duping outside iPhoto first and then import everything? What are the best programs to de-dupe folders? And I'm not talking "show me the difference", i mean "show me all the files that are in that folder (and all subfolders) but not in this folder (or any of its subfolders)..

    I know iPhoto has an option to check for duplicates when you upload, but I've found it to not work 100% of the time, and I've also found that if there are any differences that it might still import the duplicate.

    Any help would be appreciated, I am overwhelmed at the number of folders and files I have to try and sort through and clean up this mess!!!!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Sounds like you need a syncing application like Chronosync. However, you should realize that sorting files (especially images) by name isn't 100% failproof either. Names can be duplicated by camera, multiple copies with different names can exist of the same photo, etc. You're not going to be able to find a simple, all-in-one solution to your problem.
  3. djrobsd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Oh yeah, I did forget to mention that was one of my problems with de-duping is that the file names were duplicated when I got a new Panasonic camera, the names started over again to be exactly the same but they were different pictures.
  4. djrobsd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008

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