Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Any help on iPhoto disk use growing uncontrollably?

When I installed Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) on the iMac, the free space on the hard disk was at 110 GB. Now the free disk is disappearing, and I think iPhoto is to blame. There has been a decrease of 50 GB in the free space within a couple of weeks. (An a similar increase in iPhoto disk use.)

I have a bit more than 24,000 photographs in iPhoto, and the iPhoto folder consumes 307 GB. This doesn't hold - of most photographs there should be just one copy, and a miniature.

I tried fixing the library, but iPhoto got stuck at 95% completion level. I tried this a couple of times, with the same result (even after iPhoto had been going on for hours).

I haven't had other symptoms, except occasional slowness of the program. But I would like to get the disk space back. Any hints?


Christophe said...

Hi Juha,

Did you try exploring the iPhoto package with the finder in order to figure out the subfolder size breakdown?

Kind Regards,


Juha Haataja said...

@Christophe: Thanks! That was a great idea, it lead to a diagnosis. Now I have plenty of disk space available.