I would like to delete excess files on my wife’s 2009 27" iMac so that the original 1TB HDD can be replaced with a 500 GB SSD. "About This Mac > “Storage” reports “560 GB available of 999 GB” on the original HDD. It would be desirable delete unneeded files so that at least 100 to 150 GB of free space remains on the new SSD after the change-over. The late 2009 iMac runs under macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra, backed up to external drives by Time Machine hourly and Carbon Copy Cloner weekly.
Currently there are 3 Photos libraries and 2 old iPhoto libraries in the Pictures folder. See screenshot of the Pictures folder as displayed in Finder below. Which of these are safe to delete so that no image files are lost? If I recall correctly, the old iPhoto library was migrated to the Photos app years ago. That may account for the filetype “migratedphotolibrary” indicated for iPhotolibrary 2.
Question 1: Is it safe to delete the two old iPhoto Library files? Indicated file sizes are 94.72 GB and 623 KB. When launching the old iPhotos app, the message appears: “Your photos have been migrated to Photos. …”
Question 2: What is the best way to delete the iPhoto app? Simply drag iPhoto.app to the trash bin, or use an app such as Appcleaner to delete the application and its supporting files?
Photos Library files:
There are three Photos Libraries. Photos Library 2 is the only one in use. I assume that multiple libraries exist because several years ago (probably 2015) I experimented with the Photos app, or there may have been some confusion about setting up the 2009 iMac for my wife’s use in early 2015 after purchasing a new Retina iMac for my use.
The Photos Library 2 (file size 146.69 GB) contains digital camera-acquired photos from January 2002 to today (8/23/2020). As seen in the screenshot of the “package contents” in Finder below, the folders in the “Masters” sub-folder date back to 01/2002.
Similarly examining the “package contents” of Photos Library 3 (not in current use), the earliest folder in the “Masters” sub-folder is 01/2002 and the latest is 06/2015. My interpretation of this is that Photos Library 2 and Photos Library 3 contain the same photos up to 06/2015, but only Photos Library 2 contains photos beyond that date.
Question 3: is it safe to delete the Photos Library 3 file?
This library appears to be redundant. As far as I can tell by spot-checking the library “package” files as described above there are no images in this library that are not in Photos Library 2. I have not attempted to launch the Photos app (using the option key) to access the Photos Library 3. iCloud Photos is enabled for my wife’s iMac, iPhone and iPad Pro, and I do not want to cause any problem by accessing another photo library.