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Macworld: Taking Out iPhoto’s Trash


The June Macworld features a Mac 911 section Q and A on dealing with iPhoto’s trash and unless you are the biggest Mac geek ever (cough macgirl) I highly suggest you check it out. Here's more:

Q: Recently, I went through more than 2,000 photos in my iPhoto library and deleted the not-so-good ones in order to free up a little space on my hard drive. Alas, when I went to the Trash to empty it, none of the deleted photos were there. It seems that while I deleted them from the library, they are still buried somewhere on the hard drive. Where?—Gary Patterson

A: As you’ve discovered, your deleted iPhoto images don’t appear in the Finder’s Trash. Instead, you’ll find them in iPhoto’s own Trash. To truly remove iPhoto images from your hard drive, select the images that you want to delete from your iPhoto library and press the delete key on your Mac’s keyboard. This transfers the pictures to iPhoto’s Trash, which you’ll find at the bottom of the Source list. To really get rid of the images, control-click on iPhoto’s Trash icon and choose Empty Trash (see “Empty iPhoto’s Trash”). This gets rid of the images for good.

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