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Why does my iPhoto Library say 32gb when there's only one photo in it?

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beanryboy Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
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Feb 12, 2013 7:28 PM

I am trying to figure out why my MacBook Air is running out of space, and am finding out that Photostream isn't photos in the cloud, it's photos in the cloud that it stores on my different computers hard drives or storage. So, I turned off Photostream, and deleted the pics as Disk Inventory X is telling me that my iPhoto Library is taking up 32.7gb of storage, despite there only being one picture in there that is no special picture. I deleted all the rest. There is ONE picture in the whole iPhoto Library, I deleted all the rest! What is taking up 32gb of my HD???

MacBook Air, iOS 6.1.1
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)

    Correct, as explained exhaustively on the web pages on the subject, Photostream is not anything in the cloud, but is a way of getting photos on all your devices easily.


    I believe you answered your own question - 32 gigs of your HD space was been taken up by the iPhoto Library. If you want to know why the Library is that size, you might like to take a moment to tell us what version of iPhoto you gave, what version of the OS, how you went about deleting.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,470 points)

    Have you rebooted since the deletions.  That will empty a number of caches and may restore the freed up space. Also open the iPhoto Library package with the Finder as shown in this screenshot


    locate the iPod Photo Cache folder and delete its contents.  Make no other changes to the contents of the iPHoto LIbrary Package.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,470 points)

    Rather than delete those folders you should just export the one photo to the Desktop (if you want to save it) and delete the entire library.  Then create a new, fresh library and import that one phhoto.  This lets you start out with a new, clean library. 


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