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I've been deleting files for days - how can it be this slow!

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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I foolishly thought Lightroom would be a good replacement for Apple Photos and Migrated my library into it. Big mistake! 100k + images. Obviously filled my creative cloud space to max.

I now know I should have used classic (weird naming there Adobe). I'm now seeing all the attempts to make the in-obvious obvious... but I digress.

So after three days of migration, I'm doing what I can to put things back to right. Selected all a deleted, then went to the trash to permanently delete.

Now I've been deleting for two or three days and still have 96,000 images in my trash (slowly going down).
Why is deleting so hard?!
Is there some way to speed this up?
So bizarre. Feels like they have to upload them all to the cloud in order to delete them or some such nonsense. Just delete already!

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Community Expert , Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

You can try deleting the entire library. I don't know for sure if this will cancel the migration process. I honestly don't know exactly what it will do. Maybe someone else here can chime in.

To delete the entire library go to lightroom.adobe.com and sign in to your account.

Then click on your avatar in the upper right corner.

Choose Account Info and you will see this panel.

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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You can try deleting the entire library. I don't know for sure if this will cancel the migration process. I honestly don't know exactly what it will do. Maybe someone else here can chime in.

To delete the entire library go to lightroom.adobe.com and sign in to your account.

Then click on your avatar in the upper right corner.

Choose Account Info and you will see this panel.

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Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Huzza! Well done. That seemed to do the trick. 

I think there were some older images in there that went with it, but well worthwhile.

 

Thanks!

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Yay! Thanks for reporting back.

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You're welcome.

Looks like lightroom classic doesn't migrate from iphoto (and seems quite primitive compared to lightroom), so I think I'm back to the drawing board. Too bad Adobe went down this strange path (with lightroom as cloud-based only).

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Lightroom Classic manages photos on local hard drives. If you move your images out of iPhoto and into a folder structure on a hard drive, you can import them to Lightroom Classic. This is my recommended workflow.

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