8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2012 11:45 PM by chuckufarley
bc007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 71000 photos in iphoto trash. When I try to empty iPhoto trash, iPhoto crashes. Please help me delete those photos and restore my disk space. Thanks


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    There is no way that iPhoto will trash 71k pics without crashing Expereinced users suggest that deletions should be done in batches of about 100 or so at a time.

     

    Are you trying to erase an entire Library?

  • 2. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,645 points)

    Here's how you can get those photos deleted:

     

    1  - create a new, empty album.

    2 - open the Trash bin and drag the photo onto the empty album icon below.

    3 - back in the Trash bin select all of the phtoos and drag them onto the Library icon to return them to there original Events.

    4 - go to the album, select about 100 photos at a time and type Command+Option+Delete to move them to the Trash bin. 

    5 - empty the iPhoto Trash bin.

    6 - repeat step 4 and 5 until all photos are removed from the library.

     

    OT

  • 3. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    gtreece Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I found the same problem "trashing" about 10000 photos and thumbnails.  The only thing I found to get rid of the spinning disk crash after the iPhoto trash is emptied (via iPhoto), was to actually open the OS trash and toggle the folder called iPhoto.  This allowed the trash to be emptied in the iPhoto program, and then I was able to empty the OS trash to permanently delete my duplicates and thumbs.

    Using Mac 10.6.8, iPhoto 9.2.3

     

    Hope that helps

  • 4. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    temekugirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    how are you dragging photos from the trash bin to the albums? Mine won't let me. It will only let me drag the trash bin photos back to the library. I already have spent hours going thru my library finding the photos that need to be deleted. I don't want to have to go thru that again. I have over 20,000 photos in the trash bin. 

  • 5. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,645 points)

    Do you use ratings with your photos?  If not then select all of the photos in the trash and Control-click to bringup the contextual menu.  There will be the 4 stars for the ratings.  Select either 5 or 1 to apply that rating to the photos.

     

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    Next create a smart album with the criteria:

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    selecting the number of start you applied to those in the Trash bin.

     

    Move the photo from the trash bin to the Library and the Smart Album will immediately be populated with those photos. 

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    You can now select about 100 photos at a time and use the Command+Option+_Delete key combination to move them back to the trash bin and empty it.  Repeat with groups of about 100 or so photos till they are all deleted.

  • 6. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    temekugirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked perfectly!! Thank you sooooo much Old Toad!!!!!!

  • 7. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    Ken Jacob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is absolutely ridiculous that all these years Apple hasn't fixed this stupid bug of not being able to delete large numbers of photos.

     

    Ridiculous.

     

    How can Apple employees working on iPhoto live with themselves when they read discussions like these -- year after year after year.

     

    Shame.

  • 8. Re: iphoto '11 crashes when emptying iPhoto trash
    chuckufarley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Having 48,239 photo's in my Iphoto Trash and experiencing the "Crash" I sought a solution and landed here.  While I didn't take the route of the suggestions above....  I did find a solution that I wanted to share should anyone else experience this.

     

    In IPhoto Preferences on the General Tab.  Toggle the Selected Items check box.  The solution I found said to uncheck it - However mine was already unchecked - so I decided to try enabling it and "BAM!"  I was able to empty my trash in Iphoto and get rid of the 48,239 photo without crash.

     

    I hope this works for you as well.