Multiple photos

  Yimbo 18:16 16 Sep 2011

I'm just realising the huge amount of duplicate photos stored in various programs on my computer - Windows Media Player, Real Player, Picasa to name but a few! They seem to have just up-loaded all my photos automatically. They must be taking up a lot of space - and slowing things down generally. My main photo store in in "My Pictures" with a back-up copy in a separate hard drive.

Can I safely delete all these other copies of my photos, keeping the programs of course, for future use, and still leave the "My Pictures" folder intact?

Can I also prevent these programs from up-loading photos until I choose otherwise?

  [DELETED] 19:00 16 Sep 2011

You will have to be careful as some programs only store a location to the photo not the actual image and you can end up without any pictures.

You could try a duplicate finder to find any copies.

  hssutton 19:02 16 Sep 2011

Are you sure they are duplicates or just thumbnails linking to My pictures?

You will probably find that all these duplicate photos are in fact just thumbnails that link to the original in 'My Pictures' the ones in Picasa will certainly be.

There is an option in Picasa to delete from just Picasa or to delete from your hardrive, so be careful.

  BRYNIT 19:02 16 Sep 2011

Are they duplicate photos or are these programs just creating short cuts to the photos?

The easiest solution would be to back up all your photos to a separate partition or HD before attempting to delete the duplicates this will prevent any possible loss.

  Yimbo 23:51 16 Sep 2011

Thanks folks! I didn't realise the potential pit-falls in just deleting these "duplicate" photos (if that's what they are!).

I'm glad I asked the questions in my post - and even more to have received your advice and warnings!


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