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How do I empty iphoto?

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ardenm58 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 13, 2013 6:09 PM

My computer is full. I've backed it up on an exterior hard drive. Now I need to empty it and start fresh.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), ipod nano 3rd gen.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 13, 2013 6:24 PM (in response to ardenm58)

    drag the iPhoto library to the trash and empty the trash


    But before you do this be very sure you have it on an external drive correctly and that you have a good backup


    There is no "undo" to this



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    May 14, 2013 4:43 AM (in response to ardenm58)

    Most Simple Back Up


    Drag the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to another Disk. This will make a copy on that disk.


    Slightly more complex:


    Use an app that will do incremental back ups. This is a very good way to work. The first time you run the back up the app will make a complete copy of the Library. Thereafter it will update the back up with the changes you have made. That makes subsequent back ups much faster. Many of these apps also have scheduling capabilities: So set it up and it will do the back up automatically. Examples of such apps: Chronosync or DejaVu . But are many others. Search on MacUpdate


    You differeniate between Libraries by naming them differently.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 14, 2013 7:08 AM (in response to ardenm58)

    Any way that works - TD suggests several - I use Time Machine hourly (requires an additional hard drive) and Carbon Copy Cloner daily


    And note that once you remove the iPhoto library from your computer you no longer have a backup of your old library - you have a single copy on a single disk and when that disk fails (it will someday) you will have lost everything on it)


    How to tell them apart - different folders or different names (iPhoto librtary and iPhoto library-old)




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