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lutra Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 19, 2011 6:37 PM

My husband's start up drive was getting low on space. I began searching for places to get rid of unneeded items. I came across some folders within HIS personal home folder -- CALLED PICTURES 1, PICTURES 2 and so on........each of them had an I-PHOTO library within them and were using up a lot of space. How would these have been created? He is a NOVICE with his Mac.......and so I want to avoid him doing this again.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
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    Apr 19, 2011 6:56 PM (in response to lutra)

    Which folder has this icon:

    Finder001.JPG

    That is the primary Pictures folder that the system created.  Rename the iPhoto Library in each of the other two Pictures folder to iPhoto Library_2 and iPhoto Library_3.  Move them into the Pictures folder with the camera icon above.

     

    Delete the other two Pictures folders.

     

    Now launch iPhoto with the Option key depressed and open the iPhoto Library.  See how many photos are in it.

    Next  launch again with the Option key depressed and open the next library, iPhoto Library_2 and check its contents.  Do the same with iPhoto Library_3.

     

    If all of the libraries have photos that you want to keep download  iPhoto Library Manager and launch.  Add the three libraries to its left hand pane with the Add Library button.  Then select the one of the three libraries in the left hand pane and go to the File ➙ Merge Libraries menu option. In the next window select all three of the libraries in the left window and New Library in the right window.

     

    iPLMmerge.PNG

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    The result will be a new library with a name of your choosing with all of the photos of the other 3 libraries.  If you set iPLM's preferences correctly there will be no duplicates in the new library:

    iPLMprefs.PNG

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    Once you've checked the new library to make sure it's working satisfactorily and all photos are present and accounted for, you can delete those original three libraries. 

     

    OT

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Apr 20, 2011 12:00 AM (in response to lutra)

    A Zip folder is a folder that has been compressed to save space.

     

    Where it cam from? Someone zipped it. Double click on it to open it.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
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    Apr 20, 2011 3:58 PM (in response to lutra)

    how would he have unknowingly created these extra folders?

    At the risk of being ostracized by my fellow males: he's a man.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
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    Apr 20, 2011 5:33 PM (in response to lutra)

    Be gentle with him.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
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    Apr 20, 2011 7:36 PM (in response to lutra)

    He must have accidentally selected the Pictures folder and typed Command+D.  Or accidentally typed Command+D while the Pictures folder was selected.  More likely it's the latter.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
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    Apr 22, 2011 2:26 PM (in response to lutra)

    Yes, delete the zip file/folder.

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