Has it finished syncing to the cloud? It can't delete them locally until it's done so.
so I am testing still
1- synchronize folder size: 11GB
2- Lightroom Library.lrlibrary file size: 830MB
that is 7.5% of the initial size of pictures, and 830MB is far from 0% disk space usage
is this normal?
why does LR need close to 1GB stored info in the home folder?
"Synchronize folder size" ? Where are you seeing that?
Lightroom will never actually be 0%. It's a target disk space (use as little as possible) rather than a limit. It needs to keep a local copy of the cloud database and some previews because otherwise you'd have nothing to look at.
size of the folder I have pictures in - it is easy to see in properties of the folder the size of it
yes, I understand LR needs some data locally stored, but I am seriously afraid what will be the LR library size on HDD in case I send all 500GB to the cloud - considering 7.5% as now it will come to 35GB - is that correct? is it linear?
I'm sorry, I'm still not quite understanding which folder you're referring to.
But perhaps this will help... I have 631.75GB photos in the cloud. My Lightroom Library.lrlibrary file right now is 70.41GB.
the folder where the source pictures are on my computer
but now I think I understand: LR will keep the information locally that could be close to 10% of the initial pictures size - and if it has to be like that let it be.
I will mark the topic closed - I believe I got all the answers.
One more: if I install LR on new computer where there are no source pictures, will it recreate the library by itself based on information in the cloud?
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Yes on both counts.