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    iCloud Photo Library
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    Since installing OS X 10.10.3 some time ago, I decided it’s time to try the new iCloud Photos Library. However, when I open Photos, Preferences and choose the iCloud Photos Library, it tells me my Mac has 58GB of photos & video and therefore I need 200GB of storage.

    I have about 2900 photos & around 30 small video clips. I find that hard to believe since my friend only requires 20GB of storage and has 18000 photos!

    Using Finder, I have looked at my username/photos folder. In addition to a large number of .jpg files, it shows a 58GB iPhoto folder and a 52GB Photos Library.photoslibrary folder.

    Appreciate if someone could explain why I have such huge folders in the Photos & iPhotos library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim31 View Post
    Hope this is the right forum!

    Since installing OS X 10.10.3 some time ago, I decided it’s time to try the new iCloud Photos Library. However, when I open Photos, Preferences and choose the iCloud Photos Library, it tells me my Mac has 58GB of photos & video and therefore I need 200GB of storage.

    I have about 2900 photos & around 30 small video clips. I find that hard to believe since my friend only requires 20GB of storage and has 18000 photos!

    Using Finder, I have looked at my username/photos folder. In addition to a large number of .jpg files, it shows a 58GB iPhoto folder and a 52GB Photos Library.photoslibrary folder.

    Appreciate if someone could explain why I have such huge folders in the Photos & iPhotos library.
    His photos may be much lower in resolution than yours are. Simple as that. Videos also take up a lot more space than photos. How much each takes depends on the resolution, codecs used, length of the video, etc.

    EDIT: BTW.... you really shouldn't post your email address publicly like that. Bound to get snatched up by a spambot.

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