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iPhoto isn't deleting "deleted files" from my Mac

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IlMolto Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Oct 7, 2012 7:50 AM

Ok, this is a strange one! I have the latest iPhoto version. 9.4.1. In short, iPhoto isn't physically deleting photos from my hard drive when I delete them from iPhoto.

 

When I take photos, I like to take a bunch of the same photo. I then import it into iPhoto, select the best ones to keep and then delete the ones I don't want. I then empty the trash, of course. For some strange reason, I felt like digging into the iPhoto Library package file tonight. Don't know why. I guess I was just bored and curious as to what was in there. To my surprise, I found a whole heap of photos, even from months ago, in the Masters folder that I had supposedly deleted. At first I thought it was from my Photo Stream. To make sure, I completely turned Photo Stream off from iPhoto. Turns out it wasn't from Photo Stream. So now I have a whole bunch of photos sitting in my iPhoto Library that A) I don't need and B) iPhoto doesn't even look at. Very strange.

 

Anyone have any suggestions as to what might be going on? Even in my last import, iPhoto didn't delete any of the deleted photos from my hard drive, and my last import was 3 days ago from 9.4.1. Would love to know what's going on. Thanks for reading and hope to get some information on the matter soon.

 

Regards,

 

Daniel

Mac Pro (Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 12GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:56 AM (in response to IlMolto)

    Sounds like a damaged data base.

     

    As a Test:

     

     

    Hold down the option (or alt) 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?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 6:24 PM (in response to IlMolto)

    First  back up your iPhoto library, depress and hold the option and command keys, launch iPhoto and rebuild your library

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 9:31 PM (in response to IlMolto)

    Might

     

    The way to find out is to give it a try

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 11:22 PM (in response to IlMolto)

    Ok. That is why you always back up first

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 3:53 AM (in response to IlMolto)

    iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback

     

    Is it normal for iPhoto to place a duplicate file in the "Previews" folder if it hasn't been edited?

     

    Usual reason: Your camera has an Auto-Rotate feature. However, the camera does not actually rotate any pixels in the file, but instead flags it with an instruction: "Display me this way". This is a tag in the Exif metadata.

     

     

    When you import a file with this tag iPhoto creates a modified version. It does this because most of the apps that integrate with it -  email clients, word processors etc - simply don't understand this Exif tag. So if you used the shot in a word processing doc, uploaded it to many Web sites etc, the shot would come out sideways.

     

    If you then try to Revert to Original, iPhoto will remove the edited version. However, when it then looks at the Original file again, it sees the flag, and creates a new rotated version. This loop will run as long as you Revert to the Original.

     

    The solution is to either a: turn off the Auto-Rotate feature on your camera or b: rotate the photos prior to importing them to iPhoto.

     

    But really, if you'e concerned about disk space, get a bigger disk. Use an external. Photography uses lots and lots of space.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD 

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 4:17 AM (in response to IlMolto)

    The problem of undeleted images is due to a corrupted database or having the library stored on an inappropriatelt formatted Hard Disk. In very rare situations I've seen it caaued by directory damage on the disk.

     

    The images in the Preview folder: Are they edited in any way on the phone? Again, most of these edits are done by means of Exif tags, and that would cause precisely the same behaviour as the Rotation tag.

     

    I'm not sure that you can say the reason this issue is not often heard of is because people don't check. It's equally valid to say, and with exactly the same amount of evidence, that it's because it rarely happens.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,695 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 5:51 AM (in response to IlMolto)

    Believe as you will then.

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