Forum Question: Deleting Duplicate Pictures From iPhoto Library

I am not sure if this has been answered before, I am looking for the easiest way to delete pictures from my iPhoto library. There is a mixture of jpeg and raw files, of which I would like to get rid of the Raw files.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Deleting Duplicate Pictures From iPhoto Library”

    10/27/11 @ 6:50 am

    I get asked this a lot, and there is no simple answer. Don’t look for some sort of “automatic” solution as it could lead to trouble. Only you know which photos you want to keep and which are unnecessary. So it is important that you go through them manually.
    People usually overestimate the amount of time this would take. Even with thousands of photos, a good hour will go a long way. And you know you haven’t deleted anything you shouldn’t have.
    You can view in “Photo” mode (as opposed to events) and sort them by date, so duplicates should be one after the other and easy to spot.
    In your case, it sounds like you want to get rid of RAW files You can always create a Smart Album with just RAW photos in them. And then delete them all, assuming that you want to delete them all. But if you want to keep some RAW photos and delete others, then you are definitely going to have to do so manually.

      1/3/13 @ 3:41 pm

      Starting a couple weeks ago when I take picture I get two copies in photos on both my iPhone and ipad2. Perhaps this is what fogun is experiencing. What can I do to fix this?

        1/3/13 @ 3:54 pm

        Hard to say. You’ll have to investigate your settings in iTunes, iCloud, etc. Take it to an expert if you can’t figure it out on your own.

    10/30/11 @ 3:46 pm

    Thanks Gary. I tried creating a smart folder of just the raw files in my iPhoto library. What I noticed was, it did not allow me delete the raw files. The move to trash function was greyed out.

    The only way is to delete the pictures one by one from the events/photo page.

      10/30/11 @ 5:29 pm

      Oh, yes. You are right. You can’t delete photos from a Smart Album because it wouldn’t make sense. “Delete” would mean to remove from the album, but a smart album is a saved search query, really. So you can only really use a Smart Album in this sense as a way to check to see if you have any RAW photos in your library. But to delete them you would have to go into the Event or Photos list.

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