Iphoto Disk Space


Freeing space on your Mac OS X startup disk. This extract from a chapter of our book Troubleshooting Mac® OS X describes several ways to free-up space on your Mac OS X startup disk, also known as your Mac OS X boot volume. While you could replace your current hard drive with a larger model, or install a second internal hard drive if your Mac will support such, the following tips will help. For those wondering, my iPhoto library was 35.99 GB and my Photos library was 41.16 GB. You can see the before and after results on my hard disk space below. I was able to free up over 20 GB of space. So I’m not sure what I think about hard linking or how well it’s actually working between Photos and iPhoto. Although you’ll save disk space by referencing your iPhoto files, you’ll lose out on a key advantage of using Aperture: its Vault feature won’t back up referenced files (see “Why Move to.

Hello there I have just purchased the new Mac Book Pro OS X 10.6.3. Have wanted to import some of my pics into iPhoto but a notice came up which said 'Insufficient disk space - Photo cannot import your photos because there is not enough free space on the volume containing your iPhoto library.' But Microsoft gives Office 365 subscribers 1TB of space free, so if you use that to store lots of files, you could find yourself running out of disk space very quickly. The same is true if you pay.

System Information User Guide

macOS can help make more room on your Mac by optimizing its storage. When space is needed, it keeps files, photos and videos, Apple TV movies and shows, and email attachments in iCloud and makes them available on demand. Files don’t take up space on your Mac, and you can download the original files when you need them. Recent files and optimized versions of your photos are always on your Mac.

  1. Choose Apple menu > About This Mac, click Storage, then click Manage.

    macOS calculates how much space is being used by different categories.

    Note: Wait until all categories are finished being calculated to ensure you’re seeing the accurate amount of space. Values are refined as each category is calculated.

  2. View the recommendations and decide how to optimize storage on your Mac.



    Store in iCloud

    Helps you store files from your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud Drive, store photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library, store messages and attachments in iCloud, and optimize storage by keeping only recently opened files on your Mac when space is needed.

    See Use iCloud Drive to store documents on your Mac, iOS, and iPadOS devices, Use iCloud Photos to store photos in iCloud, and Use Messages in iCloud.

    You can modify these settings later in iCloud preferences, Photos preferences, and Messages preferences.

    Optimize Storage

    Save space by automatically removing Apple TV movies and TV shows that you already watched, and by keeping only recent email attachments on this Mac when storage space is needed.

    See Change Files preferences in the TV app and Mail Account Information preferences.

    Empty Trash Automatically

    Automatically erase items that have been in the Trash for more than 30 days. You can modify this setting later in the Finder. See Delete files and folders.

    Reduce Clutter

    Quickly find files, apps, books, movies, and other items that are taking up space, then manually delete items you no longer need. See Find and delete files.

When space is needed on your Mac, macOS also clears caches and logs that are safe to delete, including temporary database files, interrupted downloads, staged macOS and app updates, Safari website data, and more.

Note: If your disk is partitioned, recommendations apply to only the partition that contains your home directory.

To see an overview of used and free disk space, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, then click Storage. See available storage space.

On Windows 10, iCloud Drive doesn’t let you have any say as to where it downloads and syncs your files. It uses the primary partition on your PC by default. So unless you have lots of free disk space to play around with, this poses an obvious issue. Digging through the various iCloud settings won’t help you out either. Well, I tried.

But don’t worry. You can 'trick' iCloud Drive into using another location in Windows 10. And it’s quite easy to do that, as long as you don’t mind the hassle of having to re-download your iCloud Drive files back to your computer.

Let me start by explaining how the process works, and then follow up by walking you through the whole process step by step.

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Symbolic Links to the Rescue

A while back, I wrote about changing the default iTunes backup location in Windows 10. For that, I used symbolic links. Otherwise known as symlinks, this native Windows functionality allows you to create a dummy folder and link it to a folder present in another location. The dummy folder works just like a real folder, but any files that are copied into it are actually saved to the folder that it’s linked to. Sounds fascinating, right?

And that’s what we will use to shift the location that iCloud Drive uses to download and sync your data as well. You create a symbolic link for the default iCloud Drive location and point it to a folder present on another partition or drive. That helps you free up space otherwise used by iCloud Drive on the primary partition. Uploads and downloads will function as usual, and you won't even notice a difference.

Tip: You can also point the symbolic link at a location within an external hard drive or SSD. However, you must remember to keep the drive connected to your PC whenever it's booted up for the symbolic link to function without issues.

However, there is a slight catch. Before you create the symbolic link, you must turn off iCloud Drive. That removes all iCloud files from your computer, but they will be re-downloaded later after you re-activate iCloud Drive. You only have to do this once, and the whole process of shifting the default iCloud Drive storage location and recouping space on the primary partition is worth the trouble.

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Changing iCloud Drive Storage Location

The following method works for both versions of iCloud for Windows — the traditional desktop app and the Microsoft Store app. You will not have to make any adjustments in the steps below for either version.

Step 1: Click the iCloud icon on the system tray, and then click Open iCloud Settings to bring up the iCloud app.

Step 2: Uncheck the box next to iCloud Drive, and then click Apply.

Step 3: Click Delete From PC on the confirmation box. This will delete all downloaded iCloud Drive files and folders from your computer. Exit the iCloud app afterward.

Note: Do not worry. Your files are only removed from local storage and won’t be deleted from your iCloud account. They will be re-downloaded after re-activating iCloud Drive later. But if you are concerned, create a backup copy of your files and folders before clicking Delete From PC.

Step 4: Create a new folder within the partition or external drive where you want to change the iCloud Drive storage location to. You can insert any name, but I prefer naming it to 'iCloud Drive' to prevent confusion.

Note: I don’t recommend using the root of any drive or partition for the new iCloud Drive storage location. Create it as a sub-folder, if possible.

Step 5: Right-click the Start icon, and then click Windows PowerShell on the context menu.

Step 6: Make the necessary adjustments to the command below, and then type it into the Windows PowerShell console:

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  • Replace username with your actual Windows username
  • Replace D:iCloudiCloud Drive with the actual file path of the new iCloud Drive storage location.

Step 7: Press Enter to execute the command. You should see a 'Junction created for ... ' message as confirmation.

Step 8: Relaunch the iCloud app via the system tray, and then re-enable iCloud Drive (check the box next to iCloud Drive, and then click Apply).

Your iCloud Drive files will then start to re-download. You can access them as usual by clicking the iCloud Drive icon within the system tray, and then clicking Open iCloud Drive.

But although the iCloud Drive files and folders do give off the appearance as if they are still present within the same iCloud Drive storage location as before, they are located within the new folder that you created in the steps above.

You can confirm this by visiting the default storage location (located within “C:Usersusername”). Right-click the iCloudDrive folder icon (which looks like a shortcut due to its symbolically linked nature), and then click Properties. It won’t relate to the fact that any space is being used.


Now, go to the folder where the symbolic link points to, and you should see all of your files located there. The default iCloud Drive storage location is merely mirroring the items present in it.

If you want to go back to using the default iCloud Drive location to store your files and folders, disable iCloud Drive using the iCloud app, and then re-enable it. That should get rid of the symbolically linked folder, and things should be back to normal.

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If you were close to running out of storage on your primary storage partition, then shifting the iCloud Drive storage location elsewhere will help you save valuable disk space. Yeah — it’s not the most convenient of ways since you have to re-download all of your files. But it sure beats having to spend time trying to scrounge up free space using other means when you can simply get rid of several gigabytes of storage at the very least quickly.

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So, did you manage to shift the iCloud Drive storage location without any hitches? Let me know in the comments.

Next up: Are you getting pestered with iCloud notifications? Here's how to turn them off in Windows 10.

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