9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2013 1:37 PM by Old Toad
kearnine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I try to import a photo, I get the following error message even though I have 150G storage space free on my computer:

*Insufficient Disk Space*
*iPhoto cannot import your photos because there is not enough free space on the volume containing your iPhoto library.*

What do I need to do?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • 1. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,765 points)
    As a Test:

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'

    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?

    Regards

    TD
  • 2. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    kearnine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Terence, thank you very much. I found out late last night that there was an upgrade to iLife (I had just purchased the software). I installed the upgrade and version 9.1 does not have the problem. Whew! So relieved.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Sincerely,
    Caroline
  • 3. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    gotr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi I am not by my computer but......I am not sure where I lost a lot of space as I have 8800 pictures and a lot of videos mostly from the digital still camera. Anyway I deleted or saved externally a lot of the movies and other pictures so I have 26 gigs free now.

    My slideshow created with the scrapbook template in Iphoto is 4.6 gb. When I say share to I DVD its says disk is full? I am assuming harddrive

    I DVD is the best way to be able to burn to disk and watch on ant tv correct.

    Does it need a lot more space to get to IDVD than the 4.6 size the slideshow iss?

    should I just keep moving pictures out of Iphoto externall (also back up via disk too)

    Thanks
    Thanks
  • 4. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    gotr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I read another Terrance post and sounds like I low. What is the best way of keeping pics on the external hard drive. Should I make new directories and drag or EXPORT them

    IS there anyway to keep the directories as they are now (i have the pictures separated by years etc

    will it look like Iphot but externally?

    sorry if I sound dumb

    Im actually scared of losing any pictures with a newborn (18 month old)

    I should back up externally as well as disk and print some real key ones?

    THANKS
  • 5. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,765 points)
    To move n iPhoto Library:

    Make sure the disk is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

    1. Quit iPhoto

    2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.

    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.

    4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.


    Regards

    TD
  • 6. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    Whuntmore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    this does not work for me.  Please see last 3 posts here:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20504287#20504287

  • 7. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    geoffrey.lacy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this same error / problem on my new Powerbook Retina 250 GB solid state drive when importing from my camera's card. My file system is Journaled HFS+. I also have FileVault turned on.

     

    I ran "Disk Utility.app" and repaired disk permissions. I quit and restarted iPhoto, and I was then able to import 152 photos.

     

    Thus, it "seems" to be a permissions problem, but of course, something else could be happening as well.

     

    -Geoff

  • 8. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    Whuntmore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've ran Disk util before coming to this forum.  I also thought it was a permission issue too.  Sad to say, that didn't work either.

     

    I pretty much had to unplug my external drive that was being used as "Time Machine", wipe and zero out my whole partition that is the OS, and install fresh.

     

    That was the only thing that worked.

     

     

    One thing that I found out is when you re-install and you have your back up disk plugged in, is it will use the last backup - which could be importing the problem right back.  which mine did the first time - I forgot to unplug the back up drive, and it re-imported the problem back.

     

    So, if you delete all the backups with the problem, only have the most recent backup with no issues, and then do a re-install (or do a restore) then you should be good.

     

    I actually wanted to start fresh again. 

  • 9. Re: Getting "Insuf. disk space" when importing photo but I have TONS of space
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Having 26 GB of free space is sufficient for using iDVD.  That's a little more than the recommended minimum free disk space.

     

    Export your iPhoto slideshow at a size of Large or Medium:

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    Launch iDVD, select a theme and drag the moview into the menu window being careful to avoid any dropzones.

     

    Follow this workflow to help ensure the best quality final product:

    Once you have the project as you want it save it as a disk image via the  File ➙ Save as Disk Image  menu option.  This will separate the encoding process from the burn process. 

     

    To check the encoding mount the disk image and launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding was good.

     

    Then burn to disk with Disk Utility or Toast at the slowest speed available (2x-4x) to assure the best burn quality.  Always use top quality media:  Verbatim, Maxell or Taiyo Yuden DVD-R are the most recommended in these forums.

     

     

     

    OT