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From which application are you exporting the photos and videos ?
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From which application are you exporting the photos and videos ? iPhoto ?
Are you using iPhoto ?
Thanks. Apple has replaced iPhoto with new Photos app on the OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite and later version. iPhoto is no longer available. Apple removed it from their server.
Back to your question, the deleted photos and videos from the Photos app will not go to the Trash of your OS X. Rather it goes to Recently Deleted section of Photos. Did you delete them from there ?
You will only gain space if you delete the photos and videos from the "Recently Deleted" section of Photos. In Photos, click on File menu and select Show Recently Deleted.
This will bring the Recently Deleted screen. If you see the deleted photos and videos from there, then delete them from there as well. Then only they will be deleted.
If they went to the Trash of OS X, empty the trash. Let me know the results please.
The space you get depends up on the size of the photos. You won't gain much space from photos as the size varies from a few KB to a few MBs for a single photo.
Do you have any videos on Photos ?
You have a huge Photos Library. You should delete videos from your Photos app and also delete them from the Recently Deleted section.
May I ask, why don't you just transfer the Photos Library to the external hard drive and work directly from it ?
Videos in the Photos library might be considered as Movies. If you have videos in Photos Library, backup them to external drive and delete them from your Photos. You will get more space by deleting videos.
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This application will tell what file is taking up the space. Let me know the results please.
What happens when you download ?
I see that you only have almost 1.3GB left. Please note that your Mac will crash if it doesn't have at least 10% of free space available to work the core system files.
I'd recommend to move your Photos Library from the internal storage to the external hard drive ASAP.
To do that, Close Photos. Then go to your home folder and open Pictures folder. You will find your Photos Library there. Just copy it to the external hard drive. Once it is copied successfully, you can delete the library from internal drive. Double check you copied it to external hard drive before deleting the copy from internal storage.
Then hold down Option key on your keyboard and open Photos. It will ask you to choose library or create new library. Select Choose Library and locate and select the photos library in the external hard drive. From now on, Photos will load and work directly from external hard drive.
If you see iPhoto Library in Pictures folder in your home folder, then make a backup to the drive and delete it as well. Empty the trash.
No, it is not. All you have to do is open your Pictures folder in Finder (in home folder) and you will find the Photos Library there. Just copy it to the external hard drive.
Then delete it from the Pictures folder. So you will get that 54GB space.
Then hold down Option, open Photos and select choose library. Choose the Library from the external hard drive. That's it.
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I'm also sending you a video re how to move library to external hard drive. Here it is --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6N2K_gRKsQ
The video is about iPhoto. But it is the exact same procedure for Photos.
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