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Deleting media in FTM 2012 on Windows 7

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Deleting media in FTM 2012 on Windows 7

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 2:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
It has been a long day so I may just be confusing myself. But I have been cleaning up my media (finally!) and have been deleting a thousand or more duplicate or otherwise unwanted photos. After selecting the photo and hitting Delete I get a confirmation message which also has the option to tick a box to send the deleted file to the recycle bin. With other software this option is kind of a failsafe, so you can get one last chance to change your mind and restore the file from the recycle bin. But is FTM's approach different?

Answer ID 2437 appeared to indicate the media file has been deleted from your tree, with or without the recycle bin option. The answer did not spell out, as another Help item I found later seems to, that the media file remains in the media folder unless you direct it to the recycle bin. I hate extra clicks but is that what I have to do to actually reduce the size of the FTM media folder?

Will the media I deleted without sending to the recycle bin be part of syncing the tree to Ancestry...I would hope not?


But does it impact performance of the FTM tree which is already very challenged when it comes to working with the media tab? And finally do these "deleted" media files get backed up when backing up the tree itself on the hard drive, or are only the linked media included in the backup?

Grateful for your input. Thanks in advance.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
garnetquigley 30 Sep 2012 8:47AM GMT 
David Abernat... 30 Sep 2012 2:51PM GMT 
garnetquigley 30 Sep 2012 5:47PM GMT 
Timberhawk 30 Sep 2012 3:44PM GMT 
garnetquigley 30 Sep 2012 5:20PM GMT 
Timberhawk 30 Sep 2012 7:21PM GMT 
garnetquigley 30 Sep 2012 11:17PM GMT 
tulrose 30 Sep 2012 11:28PM GMT 
Marco Scavo 1 Oct 2012 12:31AM GMT 
garnetquigley 3 Oct 2012 2:43AM GMT 
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