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October 28, 2016

Archiving Apple Photos

So, it seems like, once again, my MacBook Air is completely buried in photos.

First, I exported my favorites to a folder on my networked drive S:\

It says there are 2,009 items to export. And they're copying over very slowly to the s:\2016\favorites folder via WiFi. Where is my freaking Ethernet cable adapter for this MacBook Air?

After an hour or so, it has copied over 1,098 photos over the wireless network. Fascinating.

So, now, on a different approach, I want to just export everything onto my external Seagate drive. Let's see how that works.

I try to do a complete export of 31,052 items to my local external Seagate drive.

I've exported everything. Now, I want to delete all of my photos and start over.

Of course, with Apple, nothing is ever easy.

If you can believe this...there is no way to delete them. Or no obvious way.

In Photos, I choose Edit - Select All. Then, start looking for a "Delete" action. Nowhere. Perfect. Photos, File, Edit, Image....nothing. Maybe I should just hit the Delete key on the keyboard. Lord God Apple Sucks.

Here we go....Option + Command + Delete. Why didn't I think of that?

It says "Moving to Recently Deleted". No clue what that means, of course.

Now, it says "Your Start Disk Is Full".

I deleted thousands of photos and videos from my MacBook Air to free up some space, but of course, this doesn't free up any space because apple sucks so fucking bad.

Now you have to go to Albums and click on the left arrow to go to the top level/Root of the albums. Once you are there scroll through the albums and you will see "Recently Deleted". Go there and delete the Photo's/Videos.

Fuck. You. Apple.

I click on the Apple Logo, then About This Mac, System Report, Storage. It says I have 1.5 gig free out of a 500 gig hard drive. Great. Fucking perfect.

Apple sucks so fucking hard there aren't words.

OK. Now, this looks familiar:

Click on Apple, About This Mac, Storage.

It shows I have over 400 Gig in Movies in Photos, which is what I suspected. God I hate fucking Apple.

When you delete photos from Photos, they go to a secret "Recently Deleted" folder designer to piss you off.

In OS X 10.11 El Capitan, in the "Albums" tab, you'll find the recently deleted folder.

OK. This is it. Launch Photos. Click View Albums.

Delete photos permanently
Open the Photos app and go to the Albums tab.
Open the Recently Deleted album.
Edit - Select All.

Then click "Delete 31,051 Items" at upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Are you sure you want to delete the 31,051 items permanently?
Now, it comes back and says "No recently deleted items."

Interestingly, it does not appear to have affected my storage meter yet.

Apple - About This Mac - Storage still says I have 1.5 gig free. Thanks for that, Apple.

OK. Now, it's slowly returning my storage space to me. Every time I check, I have more free space. Fuck. You. Apple.

Now I'm up to 214 Gig free.

Then, I noticed that I had a lot of Folders and Albums on the left-hand side of the screen. The only way to delete them is to left-click on each folder, in turn, and select Delete. And then hit Enter. For each one. Fuck you Apple.

Finally made them all go away. Now, I suspect that I need to delete the Recently Deleted Album trick again.

Now, it shows that I'm using 120 Gigs, and I have 380 Gigs free.

Fuck. You. Apple.
Fuck. You. Apple.
Fuck. You. Apple.
Fuck. You. Apple.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM


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