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I have a 200 GB iPhoto library. Using the tips from this website: I tried to delete all original photos on iPhoto that I don't need anymore.

I ended up with a 130 GB iPhoto library... amazing, isn't it? Well... not really.

  1. 10 % of my videos are just black (thumbnails and video data, everything is just black).
  2. All photos that I rotated have broken thumbnails.
  3. Some of the photos are broken.

I'm getting my library back from time machine... but I was just wondering... Is there a safe way to delete all original photos from iPhoto and keep only the edited ones?

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Patience, it normally takes 15 minutes or more to get someone to look at it. So come back and check. – Buscar웃 Aug 18 '13 at 17:47
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CleanMyMac 2

CleanMyMac 2 has an iPhoto Cleanup feature. It will scan your library and give you the ability to delete photos that have been cropped, resized, rotated, or otherwise edited.

By default, it will delete the photos that have been rotated and/or with fixed Red-Eye, however you can also choose to delete the originals of any photos that have been edited in any way.

iPhoto Cleanup

I have used this multiple times, and it's worked great, although it's worth noting that in the Rebuilding Library stage, it might appear that it's crashed, but it's still going - it does take a very long time!

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That will not delete the Originals ! – Buscar웃 Aug 18 '13 at 20:38
@Buscar웃 Yes, it will… Why not? – grgarside Aug 18 '13 at 20:39
The crashing.... – Buscar웃 Aug 18 '13 at 20:45
@Buscar웃 Hence why CleanMyMac 2 rebuilds the library after it modifies it, so that the library is not corrupted. – grgarside Aug 18 '13 at 20:46
Risky process with some highly valuable and difficult to obtain stuff. – Buscar웃 Aug 18 '13 at 20:49

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