Forum Question: How to find duplicate files in iphoto

i have more than one copy of same photo or video in iphoto.. that fills up space. how can i easily find them and delete all duplicates leaving only one copie.

Comments: 7 Responses to “How to find duplicate files in iphoto”

    9/29/11 @ 8:34 pm

    I would just view them in Photos view (as opposed to Events or albums). Then scroll through them looking for duplicates. Any duplicate should have the exact same time stamp, so they should appear next to each other and be easy to spot.

    9/30/11 @ 3:19 am

    Gary thanks for reply…
    If i have hundreds and thousands sets of duplicate photos and videos…. Is there any easy way to automate the task…
    If Automator app is the solution How to do that in Automator?

      9/30/11 @ 6:44 am

      That’s not that much, actually. In the time it takes to research and find a piece of software to do it, or write an Automator script, you could probably go through them.

    10/6/11 @ 2:14 pm

    Thankyou very much Gary

    Michael Wheless
    10/8/11 @ 7:29 pm

    I found a way to search for duplicates which saved a lot of time. I use the Faces feature. I simply open the Faces folder and begin to look for duplicates. Much easier to spot a face which is duplicated. I discovered many of the duplicates came from when I copied an older CD/DVD with my saved images. iPhoto copied everything, even my duplicates. Some I remembered I had duplicated for a folder I used to send to friends and family. Other duplicates were just that. iPhoto didn’t seem to care, or noted some slight difference in the dates or such. In any case, I was easily able to detect the duplicates and eliminate a large number this way.

    10/29/11 @ 6:14 am

    Create a new iPhoto library, import all your photo’s and select ‘Do not import’ when promted how to deal with duplicates.

    6/24/12 @ 7:23 am

    After following Michael Wheless’s suggestion to use Faces, I used “find” to search for each of the remaining duplicates, using either the number assigned by the camera or the title that I gave the photo. Not quite finished yet, but it seems to be working well.
    Thanks for all the suggestions and information.

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