Delete RAW Images?

A few articles ago I mentioned that CleanMyMac 3 has added a new Photos App cleanup feature that cleans out the caches but also allows you to remove large RAW photos while replacing them with smaller high quality JPEGs. The idea is to save space on your HD.



At first I was reluctant to get rid of my RAW photos. I am not a pro photographer by any means, but RAW format yields very high quality images. However, when I looked at my Photos Library file I discovered it was 106 GB!! Yikes, that is a lot of stuff! So, I have decided to remove some of the RAW photos from past photo events and also to (at least some of the time) shoot future photo events using the high quality JPEG setting in my Panasonic FZ-1000. DSLR. Lets face it, some photo opportunities are just plain exceptionally beautiful and others are way less than ideal conditions. Just have to play it by ear as I go.

With this in mind I have decided to revisit some of my previous photo shoots using CMM3’s Photos RAW removal feature. Lets take a look.

Removing RAW Photos

Here is the main window of CMM3 with the Photos feature selected:

You just select the Photos module then click the “Scan” button at the bottom of the window. After it is complete you will see a window like this:

Be SURE to click on “Review Details” and you will be taken to this window:

Here is what I suggest. Go ahead and click on “Deselect All”. Then go through and pick a photo shoot that could be fine to remove the RAW images. You have to go through and select each photo individually. It will look something like this:

When you are finished selecting the photos for this particular batch removal, click on “Clean” and CMM3 removes the RAW files you have selected and leaving just JPEG versions. I have looked at the JPEG’s in the Photos App, they look just fine to me.

In this case I removed the RAW versions from a photo shoot at one of my grandson’s ice hockey games. When CMM3 was finished I got this message:

It is a start right? Now I am going through other photo events and evaluating them for RAW image removal. Make no mistake, I will be keeping many RAW images of several of my favorite photo events, but it won’t hurt to reduce the size of my Photos Library, that is for sure.

Just want to mention one last thing. The selection process is rather slow. I sat there waiting for the thumbnails of the RAW images to draw. Not fast at all. Of course, you are dealing with large images in the RAW format. Plus, my iMac is 3 years old. Just wanted to give you that FYI.


If you have a camera that does RAW photos and are in the market to remove some or even all of them then this feature may be useful to you.