11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2013 8:40 PM by jfiguerohunk
lukerduker Level 1 (0 points)

Iphoto freezes when I try and delete a large amount of photos.  I have tried all of the first aid options.  Can I only delete small batches?  I am trying to organize and edit my 16K + library and deleting small batches is very time consuming.  And iphoto is running very slow...  Is there simply better software for a large library or tips to erase these photos?

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,907 points)

    Yes you can only delete in small batches. 100 or so at a time


    As to size typically library size does not slow iPhoto down and 16k is not a rage library. I have nearly 50k and libraries of 350k have been reported here.



  • lukerduker Level 1 (0 points)

    OK.  so i put the files in the trash folder back into the library.  started editing my photos and put 100 photos in the trash.  emptied trash.  iphoto froze, quit, and when i opened it back up, everything in the left column is gone (library, trash, all folders--everything!)  and anything i do in iphoto results in the endless beach ball. I did back up my library.  But how should I go about starting over with a clean slate so i can organize my photos and have a working iphoto application?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,910 points)

    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 




  • jfiguerohunk Level 1 (0 points)

    Ive been trying to delete an iPhoto library with 150k pics. When emptying the trash bin, the emptying window says its deleting 1,000,000.00+ files and its taking too long. Possibly even days. Any ideas how i can speed this up?

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,907 points)

    Are you using iPhoto to delete? If so

    you can only delete in small batches. 100 or so at a time

    Or are you trashing the entire iPhoto library using the finder? If so then ask for help in the forum for you OS - it has nothing to do with iPhoto - could there be 1,000,000+ files in a 150,000 photo iPhoto library - possibley although I doubt it - it would depend on how many photos of groups of people you have primarily



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,910 points)

    You're deleting a whole Library at the Finder trash? That's one for a Finder forum.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,378 points)

    How long have you let it proceed?  Do you have Empty Trash securely checked in the Finder's Advanced preference pane? 



    If so it can take an even longer time.



  • jfiguerohunk Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the responses guys.


    Yes i noticed on its face that it's a Finder issue. However, i've deleted the same file sizes before with ease. My concern now is whether or not Trash is taking too long to empty precisely because its a iPhoto Library i'm deleting. Ive tried it with other kinds of files like movies.

  • jfiguerohunk Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks OT. Does this mean i should't use the empty trash securely option? What I did a few hours ago was delete the Masters folder. 500GB+ took around 6 hours to delete. There's 5 GB of iPhoto Library left to delete and where i tried deleting it, the emptying window said there was 500,000 files to delete. Only iPhoto Library is in the trash bin

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,907 points)

    No - it means that emptying the trash securly takes longer (in my expreiance a whole lot longer) - it is fine but is much slower


    Securly or not is totally your choice - but it affects the time it takes



  • jfiguerohunk Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Larry!


    I'm deleting it using the Empty Trash option. So far a bit more than an hour for 5GB and its still deleting. Just have to wait for it. Thanks!