When you take photos on your Mac and you have PhotoStream enabled they are downloaded and added to your computer. You can then move these images to the relevant files and folders within iPhoto. The problem with this is that there can be a folder full of duplicate images stored on your Mac. This can become rather large if you have a lot of images. Today’s post is going to show you how to delete these images off your Mac and save some space. It will clear out all of the old images, and only keep the newest ones, that you haven’t saved to your Mac.
Save Disk Space By Turning Off Photo Stream
This post assumes you have saved all of the images you want off photo stream on to your Mac. When you add photos to photo stream on your iOS device, these are automatically downloaded to your Mac in the background. They are saved in a folder at:
The actual images are stored in /assets/sub. If you look at the size of this folder with Get Info it can be quite large. To find the Library folder hold down alt while hovering over the Go menubar option.
To delete the images the most efficient way is to use System Preferences. Open the iCloud preference pane tab. Select the options within Photo Stream. Deselect the ‘My Photo Stream’ option and press OK. You will be asked to turn off Photo Stream. Press the button.
You Mac will go through the folder outlines above and it will delete the images. It doesn’t take that long. These images will then be gone and deleted off your Mac. It can save you a significant amount of space. Your Mac will now stop downloading photo stream files and it will have deleted all of the previous ones. Your Mac seems to keep a record of every photo stream file.
When you open photo stream in iPhoto it will be clear.
Turning Back On Photo Stream
If you decide to turn back on Photo Stream. Use the same route as previous within System Preferences > iCloud, however this time within the Photo Stream options enable the ‘My Photo Stream’.
Photo Stream will now be re-enabled. Depending on your situation, your Mac will now only download new images. Sometimes, which happened to me, it will only download the latest images that you have not saved.
If you want to reclaim disk space turn off photo stream on your Mac. This will save you a large amount of space on your hard drive. If you don’t use it you don’t need it.
You can also use this trick to clear out photo stream, as it will delete a lot of the old files.
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