Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 2:06 PM (in response to Old Toad)
I'm importing them from the Originals folder when I show the Package Contents in iphoto, not from the external hard drive. We don't have most of them saved on the hard drive. I guess I'm just importing them from the computer? I'm not quite sure. Am I able to recover any trashed videos once the trash is emptied?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 2:57 PM (in response to sbeshears)
iPhoto won't import from that folder as a protection because if it's in that folder iPhoto will think it's alread in the library. You need to move those photos out of the Originals folder to the Desktop and import from there.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 9:56 AM (in response to sbeshears)
First select the startup/boot drive and type Command + i to get the amount of free space you have. The info window will look like this:
Let us know what it indicates as Available space. It could be a damaged library that's giving that message. You need to determine if it really a low space problem or not.
If you down to less than a GB or two you can be in serious trouble. Get down into the MB range and you might find your Mac freezing up or unable to boot. It is a serious situation. It's strongly advised to maintain a minimum of 10 GB (20 if you use iDVD) free space on the boot drive.
You can free up space in a a couple of ways.
1 - delete files not needed - not the best solution unless you have a backup of your entire hard drive).
2 - obtain an exterior hard drive and move files you don't use frequently to it and then delete them from the boot drive. You can run your iPhoto library from an EHD if so desired. (a good solution with for a desktop Mac).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 4:08 PM (in response to Old Toad)
The capacity is 148.73 GB and the Available is 3.72 GB. I guess that means I need to delete some things!! In order to delete them, do I just hit delete then empty the trash bin? I do know that when we had someone recover files, they said the recovered so many the hard drive was almost full. What is the boot drive?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 5:32 PM (in response to sbeshears)
It depends on what you're deleting. If you're deleting files from the hard drive you need to drag them to the Trash bin in the dock and then empty the bin.
If it's photos from inside iPhoto:
Deleting Photos from an iPhoto Library:
1 - from an Event or Photos mode: select the photo(s) and use the Delete key to move the photos to the trash bin. Then empty the iPhoto Trash bin as follows:
2 - from an album, smart album, book, slideshow, card, etc.: select the photo(s) and use the key combination of Command+Option+Delete to move the photos to the trash bin. Then empty the trash bin as above.
If you can get an external HD I'd move files to it so you don't inadvertantly delete files that you may need. I doubt if you can delete enough photos from iPhoto to make a significant change.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 5:49 PM (in response to Old Toad)
Ok I will try all of that. How do I delete the new libraries I created in iphoto? I figured I would delete all of them as well and just start over. So once I remove it from the trash bin, does that mean things are gone for good? The reason I ask is because this is what my husband did with our video file and I'm still hoping I can get them back!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to sbeshears)
Once you empty the trash the files are erased from the hard drive. You might be able to recover some of them (if they haven't been overwritten) with recovery software like SubrosaSoft FileSalvage. With it you can run it in demo mode to see if it can find and recover the files you're interested in before having to purchase it.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 11:40 AM (in response to Old Toad)
Oh bummer!! I just imported the original folder into a new iphoto library and I didn't see any videos. We did do a recovery but only a limited ones were recovered. There were a ton but they were mainly duplicates. Can I get the videos from the "cloud" thing? We don't have time machine set up so I know they weren't backed up to that. Is there anything through Apple that can recover these videos? Why would they show up as videos in the original iphoto library but not be there?