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Removing duplicate photos - IPHOTO

by bob7415 / April 8, 2011 12:51 AM PDT

Running OS10.6.7 on a MACBook PRO with ILIFE. Currently have 15,000+ images in IPHOTO with over 40% being duplicates. How do I identify and/or remove the duplicates??

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there are a number of pieces of software that
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 8, 2011 2:51 AM PDT
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Removing duplicate photos from iPHOTO
by bob7415 / April 8, 2011 4:32 AM PDT

A further comment on my question: I have multiple backups on my Time Machine of my iPHOTO file prior to any duplicates being added. I have tried restoring that file back onto my active hard drive from time machine, but somehow after restoring it, the iPHOTO folder still shows all the duplicates. (When I check the backup file before restoring, it shows the original total without duplicates). Am I missing a step in restoring that is causing my problem?? I'm a little hesitant to jump into a new program to highlight duplicates - (over half of the 15,000 images are duplicates and I feel I need only to use a new program once!!)


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Time Machine backups do not replace
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 8, 2011 9:46 AM PDT

the entire folder.

The general idea of a backup is to replace stuff that you lost/deleted/fed to the cat/etc. and not to clean up your over populated folders.
If there is a file with the same name as the one being restored, then the older version will be overwritten.
Nothing will happen to any other files in the folder.

Imagine the problems if you wanted to restore just one file and it wiped out all the other files in that folder!

One way of doing what you want is to move the folder with the duplicates to another location.
Then do a restore of the TIme Machine version.
You would(should) end up with the non-duplicate folder in the same place as the duplicate containing folder originally was, before you moved it.
You would need plenty of HD space to accomplish the move though.


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Removing Duplicates
by Old_Toad / May 26, 2011 1:28 PM PDT

Try either one of the following on your library:

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Simply with PhotoSweeper
by OvermacsTeam / January 19, 2012 12:57 AM PST

You can use PhotoSweeper for this purpose. It completely integrated with iPhoto and has very flexible settings.
You might try a demo version before purchasing.

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