2 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2012 4:31 PM by LarryHN
goliverpool4444 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When i import photos there always ends up being 2 of them... i always select don't add duplicates. But for instance when I put a picture in it goes under to categorires

My name->Pictures->Iphoto Library->Masters->2008->Roll 92->Image name               then that same picture is under this aswell

My name->Pictures->Iphoto Library->Thumbnails->2008->Roll 92->Image name



It takes up double my space so it turns 4000 pics into 8000. Can I delete one of them without losing the original and is there an easy way to do this? also how do i prevent this from happening when i import more photos Thanks

My computer is Mac book Pro and i have the most recent Iphoto

  • 1. Re: Why do i have 2 of the same pictures on my computer
    Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,250 points)

    This is the way that iPhoto works. The thumbnail is much smaller than the original so it doesn't take much space. The idea is that the thumbnail represents the original and any edits that you have made. That way the original is never touched.


    While it seems wasteful, hard disk space is cheap and it works well in practice as a DAM.

  • 2. Re: Why do i have 2 of the same pictures on my computer
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    1 - that is how iPhoto works and no you can not change it


    2 - you can not ever delete anuything from the iPhoto library unless you do it using iPhoto - in fact you should not be going into the iPhoto library at all - there is no reason to be there


    3 - it is not taking double the space - thumbnails are very small


    4 - and when you make any modifications to any photo a third version is created - the modified version - and again that is the way iPhoto works


    5 - the only way to prevent this is to use a different probram that does no work this way (there are a number of very good reasons why iPhoto and other DAMs - Digital Assett Managers - work this way including keeping the digital negative, non-destructive editins, etc