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Hi, and welcome to JustAnswer! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am excited to get started with you.So I can better assist you with your issue, I will need additional information. Where are you trying to move your photos?
Right now, I wanted to move them to a zip drive, but they landed on my desktop instead. Now my desktop is filled with IMG icons. I can not get them off.
Ok so lets go ahead and move them to your zip drive. Before we do that, Click on the apple logo in the upper left corner and choose force quit
Which applications are listed?
I have already forced quit. I restarted the commuter. The photos are still in Iphotos, but I have all these icons on my desktop. I really want to clean up this mess first. Please help.
Ok the easiest way is to click on the desktop first, then press Command+ A OR click on Edit and choose select All from the top menu bar. This will select all of your photos from your desktop. Then drag and drop them onto your zip drive
This may take some time to copy over
Since you have restarted your computer, I am not sure if it is still an option. When you click on Edit, is Undo an option?
Problem - not only do images get highlighted, but so do all other files and folders.
Undo was not an option
Thats ok, you can highlight everything and transfer it over. Its much easier to disregard some folders than 10,000 Photos. Roughly how many folders on on your desktop that you wish not to transfer over?
Undo was not an option even before I restarted.
I may not have enough memory on usb
Do you have another external hard drive?
I have tried to go into finder desktop and just highlight images, and then transfer to usb.
When you do that, what happens? Are you getting an error message?
I will retry, please stay with me. My computer may freeze up. Do you have a phone number?
I will stand by. We only have the option to chat. You can defiantly bookmark our chat incase it freezes. In Safaro. Click on Bookmark and then choose Add bookmark
I am on Chrome
Then click on the STAR at then end of the URL bar
Or Choose Bookmark > bookmark this page
Ok I see it
Ok I have them highlighted. Now what?
Click and hold down on the highlighted items and then drag and drop them onto your USB drive
Messgae: One or more items in “DSC00096.JPG” can’t be changed because they are in use.
Do you have the option to continue?
Does it ask you if you are sure you would like to move these items?
Yes, conintue, skip, stop
Click continue. You may need to keep hitting continue
Try it 3 times, if not click on skip and it will skip that photo and try to transfer the rest
It will not allow skip or continue
Where did theses photos come from originally? Meaning if you were to delete them, can you transfer them back?
No, they come from my iphoto app. If I delete, they are gone
Is iphoto currently open?
When you transfer items from iphoto, they should copy and not completely move from the iphoto library
Now it is open
Can you scan through it to confirm if your originals are still there
Yes,all are there. Butt, none of the icons on the desk top will open.
So then you can delete the photos on the desktop. Whenever you move photos from iphoto, it always makes a copy and never transfers the original
If you delete them, they are not gone forever unless you empty the trash.
That's my problem. I want to delete all these icons, but I can not move them to trash.
Ohh ok. Then do this. Select them all again by Pressing Command+ A. When they are all highlighted, Press Command+ Delete
I have tried that.
Are you getting an error message?
If you are, you will need to delete them in sections. First, quit iphoto, then eject your flash drive
My iphot0 app is no longer on dock.
You may have removed it by accident. Open iphoto again. When it appears in your dock again, right click on the iphoto icon. Choose options and then choose keep in dock
You can either right click or control Click
The desktop is frozen up for the moment
Is this after hitting command+ delete?
Is your desktop still frozen?
I am trying to delete 1000+ highlighted icons. Let's see if it works now
OK. You can also Choose File<Move to trash if that makes it easier for you
How mush time should it take?
It can take anywhere from 10-30 mins. A progress bar should pop up
No progress bar. I am not sure if they are being deleted
Then try to delete using File< Move to trash option instead
Message: Some of the items you are moving are in use by another application. Moving the items can cause problems with the application using them. Are you sure you want to move these items?
skip stop continue
Are you trying all or some photos
It will not allow continue
Try this instead. Highlight a section of your desktop by using your mouse to drag over a few pictures. This will highlight certain pictures. When they are highlighted, try to delete
Very slow sorry
No worries. Take your time
Slowly working. Stay around please.
I will not leave until your issue is resolve so no worries.
It's working very slowly, but I still have to move photos to usb.
Ok Let's finish up.
Are they still on your desktop?
It will need to finish deleting first
Also, you mentioned you may not have enough space on your USB drive. How much space do you have available?
To check how much space is available on your USB drive, select it and then choose File<Get info
all clear. 29 GB
Let's move those photos cleanly.
Oh thats more than enough. The best option is to just move the single iphoto library folder. I am assuming you are moving your photos to back them up. Is that correct?
This way you just need to move one individual folder that contains all of your pictures
Yes, back up. Then I will delete some on laptop
Ok lets roll. Open your finder window. Then choose pictures in the left column. You should see a single iphoto library with a flower icon next to it. That is the folder you will need to drag and drop into your external drive. Before you do that, select iphoto library and choose File<Get into. What is the size?
No flowers here
No picture. Do you see your account name with a house icon next it instead?
Then click on your home folder. It should have your account name with a house icon next to it
Ok Iphoto library
Now select it and choose File<get info
Oops -36 gbs
Hmmm your over. Is there anything on your external drive now?
that you can delete?
Should I make two folders at I photos - 1/2 and 1/2? Then export have- I have 2 32 GB usbs
I would not recommend that, it can cause many issues with your iphoto library. Since iphoto saves pictures as an entire image, it makes it difficult to separate them. Is it possible to obtain a new external drive?
That's what I will do. For now, I am satisfied that I have my desktop back in order. I would like to sign off Jacustomer. Thank you for your help. You've earned your $58 dollars.
You are very welcome. I appreciate your patiences throughout. I am also confident you know how to navigate back to your iphoto library folder right?
Yes. Have a nice day. Now I rate?
Yes you do. Take care