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What is iCloud ineligible?

One of the major pains about Apple Mac computers is the way they secretly allow their hard drive to be filled with photos from iCloud. The large storage memory loss is a result of photos accumulated from any number of mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads (if you have iCloud photos ON in your System Preferences). You can easily fill your hard drive when you allow photos from mobile devices to be shared via iCloud to your Mac. Apple provides no active assistance to prevent your hard drive from being filled to the point that your Mac becomes useless because 1) there is not enough memory left over to store any files, and 2) there is not enough memory remaining to work with RAM memory as a scratch disk (this results in your Mac slowing way down).

What to do ...

1. Turn off photos in System Preferences: AppleID or System Preferences: iCould -- depending on your Mac operating system.

2. Copy the huge Photos Library.photoslibrary (mine was 145 GB which caused my local hard drive available space to plummet down to 2 to 10 GB) to an external storage device. You can't copy it to iCloud because it is "ineligible" ... If you try to copy the photoslibrary file, you don't get any alert ... in fact the file name shows up in the iCloud destination, but it has an iCloud icon with a strikethrough mark associated with the file (that means ineligible).

3. Decide whether you want to start over with a fresh photoslibrary connected to your Photos app, or connect your established photoslibrary that is in its new location in the external storage device. If you want to use the existing photoslibrary,  choose "Photos" and select "Preferences" option. Click "General" tab and then click "Use as System Photo Library" button. [For this step, see "Designate a System Photo Library: (below) as an option]

4. Delete the photoslibrary file "Photos Library.photoslibrary and Empty Trash AFTER you have successfully copied your photoslibrary to an external storage device. You might want to copy it to more than one external storage device. Fortunately, your Mac doesn't delete the file if there has been a futile attempt to copy the file to iCloud -- even though the local disk directory either shows empty or automatically creates a new photolibrary, and the ineligible file displays on iCloud. You can drag your photolibrary from iCloud back to your Mac if your local drive still has enough space.

or ...

Designate a System Photo Library:

Quit Photos.
Hold down the Option key, then open Photos. You will see one of the photo libraries is already designated as System Photo Library. 

Choose the library you want to designate as the System Photo Library.

After Photos opens the library, choose Photos > Preferences from the menu bar.

Click the General tab.

Click the Use as System Photo Library button.

When you hold down the options key, you have the option of ... 1.) choosing recently used libraries to choose, 2) using another library (hunt it down using your disk directory), and 3) creating a new library.

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