Apparently I bought Tonfotos without fully understanding it. I definitely did not understand it would not be including the Mac Photos app images in the search and resolution of duplicate photos. I am frustrated because I have been searching for a user guide, unsuccessfully. From reading this forum I now understand that it is for wrangling photos scattered elsewhere, not in the Photos app. Unfortunately there are a lot of duplicates in my 44,000 Images there and I’ve not been happy with Apple’s duplicate resolution solution.
So now I have spent 2 days and $40 processing images from two drives, (while naming people to pass the time) with admittedly tons of duplicates, but they are essentially old backup directories that I’ve only kept out of fear since I’ve had many external drives die on me. I was hoping to compare those to what’s in my Photo app. I was even considering downloading all of my Flickr photos to capture any stray images I may have lost locally. Admittedly I am a file hoarder. Now it appears I am not your intended audience. Am I missing something about this?
Could I at least safely and reliably yank a full set of the images from the various old backups, with no duplicates, into a single directory and safely delete those backups (which would each then theoretically be empty after the duplicates have been deleted and the Highlander: There-Can-Be-Only-One images have been relocated to one directory organized by yyymmdd? Does that even sound like a worthwhile idea? I am thinking maybe it would let me whittle them down to a single reassuring backup that may or may not have everything I have currently, but will have everything I have backed up in the past, just only in one backup instead of several. (they are mostly panic backups from when hard drives were making death rattles)
Sorry this is confusing. I write how I think, and that’s not great.