• Welcome to the Lightroom Queen Forums! We're a friendly bunch, so please feel free to register and join in the conversation. If you're not familiar with forums, you'll find step by step instructions on how to post your first thread under Help at the bottom of the page. You're also welcome to download our free Lightroom Quick Start eBooks and explore our other FAQ resources.
  • Stop struggling with Lightroom! There's no need to spend hours hunting for the answers to your Lightroom Classic questions. All the information you need is in Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ!

    To help you get started, there's a series of easy tutorials to guide you through a simple workflow. As you grow in confidence, the book switches to a conversational FAQ format, so you can quickly find answers to advanced questions. And better still, the eBooks are updated for every release, so it's always up to date.

How do I free up Internal space on a Mac Using Lightroom CC


New Member
Jul 21, 2019
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Classic
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.14 Mojave
I am totally confused with how to free up space on my internal hard drive.
I am just starting to use the Collections method and most of my pictures (about 17,000) are still in folders. I have attempted a download to an external hard drive, so now what?
Thank you for any assistance you can give me! Rose
Nov 5, 2017
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Hi Rose and welcome to the Forums!

Adding photos to Collections won't change where the physical files sit, so won't save space. If you're trying to move them to another disk, then read this blog to help:

Or explain further what you're trying to do so we can assist.