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What is Capture One doing to my disk space?

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  • Kevin

    When you import photos into Capture One, it imports them into your catalog. If you wish to keep your photos on an external drive but keep your catalog on your faster (assuming SSD) internal drive, you could use sessions or use a referenced catalog. I chose to use a reference catalog so that Capture One sees the RAW images on the external drive but only stores the previews in the catalog on my laptop's internal HD.

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  • FirstName LastName

    How do I get rid of the previews etc. when I'm finished with them?  Capture One appears to store them forever.

    Can I just DELETE the Catalog, will that harm anything? It is Not saving anything I want.

     

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  • Kevin

    Yes. You can delete them. Capture one has several options to delete, all clearly labeled. Not sure the exact verbiage off the top of my head. Also, Capture One V22 has a new way of importing where it makes it easier to go thru and preview images before importing so that you are only importing what you really want.

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  • FirstName LastName

    Thanks, the problem with the preview is that the images are very small, and it's hard to really tell which are the "Good" ones.

    Is there a way to Control/ Select what goes into the catalog? What would be ideal is a selection on each image to indicate yes or no to save it in the Catalog, rather than just saving everything that is looked at.

    Again thanks for your suggestions

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  • FirstName LastName

    When I went to delete the Catalog, I was told that it was created by Capture One Pro and could Not be accessed. I deleted it and recovered the disk space.

    Then, I selected an external 500GB SSD as the location for the Capture One Express catalog. I'll monitor it to make sure that Capture One does Not fill up the external SSD.

     

     

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  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    I'm using Capture One Express for Sony

    And you want to do what with this software?

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  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    I do NOT save my photos to my disk, I use FlickR for the images that I want to save.

    Do you have raw files or only jpg files, if the latter then a photo organizing software would maybe better suited, if you don't want to rely on Flickr as a photo storage only.

    But if you shoot raw files, let me give you a perspective. One of my sessions (not a catalog, but similar) has 500 raw files, each between 50 and 65 MB, and this totals to 28 GB, and the C1 previews, the session file and all associated C1 files add less than 4GB, so 32 GB in total.

    28 GB raw images, 4 GB C1 "overhead".

    Your milage might vary, a catalog is a little bit different to a session, and maybe your raw files are a little bit smaller, and maybe your preview files are a bigger (I use 1920px (long side) previews, as it fits my monitor resolution, if you have a 4k monitor then your preview files are bigger), but somehow I can't understand your problem.

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