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Deleting from iPhoto does not remove from source

704 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 12:32 PM by GenCode RSS
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Jan 13, 2013 10:02 AM

I moved all my photos into iPhoto but Deleting from iPhoto does not remove from source.

I have 13k photos and there is no way to find the source, there is no "Get Info" to see where it originated from to manually delete the photo.


Is there a way to make it delete the source or find the info so I can manually delete it like I can in iTunes?

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to GenCode)

    This is from an iPhoto help file:


    By default, iPhoto copies photos imported from your hard disk, leaving the originals in their original location and making duplicates for use in the iPhoto library.


    However, if you already have an extensive collection of photos saved on your computer and you prefer to leave your photos in their current file structure, you can choose to have iPhoto point to your original photo files instead of copying them in iPhoto. Either way, you can still make full use of iPhoto.


    To set advanced options for photos imported from your hard disk:

    Choose iPhoto > Preferences

    Click Advanced.

    Select or deselect “Copy items to the iPhoto Library.”


    Deselecting this option means that iPhoto will not duplicate photos when importing them into the application, but will leave them in their original files on your computer. When you edit these images in iPhoto, however, the edited versions will be saved in the iPhoto library, not your original files. Your original files remain untouched.


    As you can see from the above, iPhoto offers an option to save disk space by not copying the files into the iPhoto Library. Also, when importing from a camera, iPhoto offers to delete the original file after importing it. However I do not see the solution you are looking for, which is to indicate where on your disk the original photo files came from if you have the default option on to simply copy the photos into your iPhoto Library.

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to GenCode)

    Actually, you can see the original file name as follows:


    Click once on the photo you are interested in (not the event; click once on the individual photo). In the Photos menu, select Show Photo Info. It will show the name of the file. With this filename, you can search for it on your other drive and delete it (if you wish to do that).

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to steve626)

    File Menu -> Reveal in Finder.


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