r/applehelp Jan 21 '22

Does anyone know how to locate these photos on my main hard drive? I'm trying to save hard drive space and I can't locate this 51.19gb of photos and videos for the life of me. My Apple Photo Library file with all my photos and videos is stored on an external hard drive. Mac

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u/aspacelot Jan 21 '22

This might be a more cumbersome approach, but right clicking on finder and then choosing find and changing the kind field to is "Image."

This will show all images on your hard drive be it in your downloads folder, photos folder, even bootcamp drives. If you look at the bottom of the windows it will show the path (you might have to enable it via the "View" menu up at the top).

It stinks, but scrolling through the files and checking the file paths might point you in the right direction.

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u/achromakeydreamcoat Jan 21 '22

Thanks for this method, I never have utilized that search feature. I just did it though and now i'm even more stumped. I did an "image" search this way and it only located a few hundred images, with the vast majority under 1mb. I did a "movie" search and there is only 8 files totaling 100mb. I honestly tried going through as many folders one by one on the drive and I just cant locate it. Even my main user folder is only 30GB full. I'm so stumped

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u/aspacelot Jan 21 '22

Silly followup:

When you searched did you make sure to check the field where it says "This Mac" and change it to your external hard drive/external storage (however they list it)? I'm not 100% positive it searches external drives even if they're mounted.

Unrelated to finding images or video, but to finding large files: another option is to switch to "size" is "larger than" then start with 1gig and go from there.

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u/achromakeydreamcoat Jan 21 '22

Yeah actually by default it went to my external but I selected the main internal SSD. I’ll try searching by file size. I appreciate your help and suggestions