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Lightroom Library.lrlibrary occupying huge space on my Mac

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May 03, 2020

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Hi everybody,

 

I'm having and issue because I'm using Lightroom CC and I set the limit of memory where files can be stored to a 10%. I have Lightroom Library.lrlibrary where110GB are stored with Lightroom files and my mac now is really slow.  

 

I also have another folder named Mobile Downloads.lrdata with 25GB.

 

How can I deal with them to speed up my macbook?

 

Thank you!! 

 

 

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Lightroom Library.lrlibrary occupying huge space on my Mac

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Hi everybody,

 

I'm having and issue because I'm using Lightroom CC and I set the limit of memory where files can be stored to a 10%. I have Lightroom Library.lrlibrary where110GB are stored with Lightroom files and my mac now is really slow.  

 

I also have another folder named Mobile Downloads.lrdata with 25GB.

 

How can I deal with them to speed up my macbook?

 

Thank you!! 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 04, 2020

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That 'Lightroom' folder containing the Mobile Downloads.lrdata file is from Lightroom Classic, not from Lightroom desktop. Did you use Lightroom Classic before? Or did you try it for a while? If you only use Lightroom desktop right now, then you can trash that entire folder (move it to an external drive just to make sure). You can set the space that Lightroom can use to zero percent to force Lightroom to clear even more space.

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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May 07, 2020

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Hi Johan thank you for your tip!

I moved the Mobile Downloads.lrdata to another hard drive and I got a bit more of space 🙂

However, the Lightroom Library still remains very heavy with 110GB. 

In my LR cloud I have only 150GB of pictures, the max set that can be occupied my laptop is 10%. Do you have other ideas? 

 

Thank you 🙂

 

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May 08, 2020

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There seems to be a bug (already reported to Adobe) where originals are not cleared from the Lightroom library, even if you set in the preferences that you do not want to store a local copy (check that you did not).

 

If you did not check the 'Store a local copy' option, then you can do the following: Right-click on the Lightroom Library.lrlibrary package and choose 'Show Package Content'. That will open the library as if it were a folder (a package really is a folder). Look for the 'Originals' folder in that package. If ther are any orignal images in there, trash them.

 

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May 11, 2020

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Hi Johan,

 

Thank you again for your answer... It really helped! 

However, I noticed that I still have a couple of folders from Lightroom but I cannot check the content. 

Do you know if I could move to another hard drive or simply borrow to free some more space?

 

Cheers, 

 

Camilla

 

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 11, 2020

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'Lightroom Catalog-2 Previews.lrdata' was created by Lightrom Classic. I do not recognize the other one, but the .lrdata extension suggests that this too is something from Lightroom Classic.

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May 15, 2020

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Great!

Thank you again for your support 😉

 

Camilla

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May 15, 2020

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I have the originals folder but contains zero images. The memory-consuming folder seems to be the "previews." Should I delete that folder?

Thanks 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 15, 2020

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Are you sure all images are synced and backed up when you click the cloud icon? If so, you can indeed delete the previews. They will get redownloaded if you do. You must have a giant library if you have >100 GB in previews. You can also delete the entire library file (Lightroom Library.lrlibrary) if you are sure everything is backed up in the cloud. The next time you start Lightroom, it will download a new copy of the library and previews.

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May 16, 2020

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Deleting the LR CC libary file and let lightroom generate it again helped a lot! It went from 45 to 8 GB.

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