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WHERE are my PHOTOS?????

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bre bro Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Oct 23, 2010 5:20 PM
I just installed iLife 11 yesterday. Today I spent ALL day taking photos of things that can NEVER be repeated and I just hooked up my camera to my Mac and had ImageCapture open the photos and it is set to import them into iPhoto and then delete them from the camera. Well, it deleted them alright, but then iPhoto comes up with a dialog saying "There is not enough room on this volume to import these photos. OK?" NO, it is definitely NOT OKAY. I have 30GB on my hard drive still, but guess what I DON"T have now? I don't have ANY of the photos from my camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't find them anywhere on my hard drive either!!!!! Do you have any suggestions about where they might be or are they just gone forever thanks to the great new version of stupid iPhoto I stupidly put on my computer????
iMac 24" intel 3.06GHZ dual core, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4GB RAM, 500GB int HD, 1TB ext HD
  • chester4444 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 6:20 PM (in response to bre bro)
    I had the same problem, I concluded that when iPhoto was upgrading my library it dwindled down the iPhoto library from 112GB to 14Gb. I am pretty sure it deleted my iPhoto library. Luckily I had a time machine backup. I hope you do too!

    There are other problems too that I am having. AND MANY others are too
    Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Terrell Smith Level 4 Level 4 (3,010 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 6:29 PM (in response to bre bro)
    There are programs that will rescue photos from the camera chip.

    It's too late now, but you should NEVER have iPhoto auto delete anything on your camera. ALWAYS check the import first, before deleting photos on your camera, and then ONLY use the camera to delete photos.
    MBP C2D 2.33, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • micha007mk Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2010 6:52 PM (in response to Terrell Smith)
    actually i used a data recovery program because i hadn't backed up my last 3 events and they were all on the chip even though i had deleted them...1676 pictures, amazing!
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • chester4444 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 9:00 PM (in response to bre bro)
    I reinstalled just iPhoto '11 from the iLife disk and upgraded the library and it had no effect. It still wants to upgrade the library again after opening it time after time.

    I did notice a large iPhoto and iPhoto library folder in my trash. I didn't put it there but my original iPhoto library was still in its location...?

    I have no idea anymore, tried everything!
    Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • strick455 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:48 AM (in response to bre bro)
    Well I am one of those who didn't have backup, so thousands of pictures and videos of my kids growing up is gone.
    I managed to recover some of them with disc recovery, but most of them were partial deleted and corrupted.
    If I thought there was a slightest chance that upgrading would DELETE files from library, I would of course take a copy first.
    I bet that Apple wont do **** about this until the media starts putting pressure on them. iPhoto11 is a GIANT FAILURE and not anywhere near ready for release!

    Btw, looks like mostly RAW files (.NEF) was deleted and all videos, .mov and .avi
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 3:28 AM (in response to strick455)
    Are you sure these files have been deleted from your HD? Are you sure they are not in the Library Package?

    If you think that this is a problem with iPhoto 11 then you're going to have to explain all the people who updated their Libraries and didn't lose photos. Frankly this is rather more likely to be corruption in your existing Library rather than anything in iPhoto 11.

    Also, I honestly cannot understand anyone who would update software without a back up on any computer, on any operating system, for any application. Having a back is basic computer usage. Apple Even build in a Back Up application to the OS to make it easy for you. Really, would you drive without a safety belt -even though you think there isn't the slightest chance of a crash?

    Btw, looks like mostly RAW files (.NEF) was deleted and all videos, .mov and .avi


    If the NEFs are removed then the jpeg Previews will still be there.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Jeffrey Frabutt Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 6:42 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    I honestly cannot understand how a software product would delete the original files from the library without confirming that the upgrade had completed successfully. Time and again you read about people's entire iPhoto library just disappearing after an upgrade. As a software engineer myself, I find this amateur at best. I also think it's lame when you attempt to blame the user. The upgrade process should be smart enough to know that something has gone wrong during the upgrade and to restore the library to its original condition.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 24" Dell UltraSharp Display
  • chester4444 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 7:02 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    It obviously hasn't happened to you. but it deleted my library and many others aswell. Don't blame the users is right, I do love Apple but iPhoto '11 has some major bugs. This shouldn't have done this to people.
    Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Nicholas Brown Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 7:14 AM (in response to chester4444)
    Same issue here. iMovie, GarageBand open just fine. iPhoto constantly wants to upgrade my library, which has gone from a respectable 25GB to a measly 65MB. I have Time Machine, so I'm not worried, but this is a MAJOR screw up on Apple's side, and I'm legitimately worried about all the people upgrading that don't have backups. Oy vey.
    MacBook Pro 1,1. 2.0 GHZ Core Duo, 2GB RAM, 250 GB HDD., Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:22 AM (in response to chester4444)
    You are responsible for the same backup of your content.
    What wold you do if your computer was stolen, damaged, blame Apple then?
    Did you read the Read Me before you did the install, it tells you to make sure you have a backup.

    There are so many ways in which you could all lose your 'valuable' photos and yet none of you appear to that bothered to make a backup.
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • strick455 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:23 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Yes the files are deleted, as the whole 2010 folder is missing inside the iPhoto folder. Same thing happened on both user accounts/library on my system.

    I have offsite backupservice running in background, but sadly it was not up to date..

    Blaming the user for not having backup is stupid. It's like having to backup all your documents before upgrading office.. Upgrading should never touch the original files..
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:25 AM (in response to strick455)
    Users not having a backup is stupid.

    Upgrades can and do cause issues, fact!
    So do fires, water, theft, loss, HD failure, etc, etc.

    How does your 'no backup' cover you for these events?
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Corby Guenther Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2010 11:28 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Yes, we should all have backups. But sometimes it's not possible. I just came back from 7 weeks of travel and didn't have enough space on Time Machine to back up the laptop.

    But I wanted to work on all the photos I brought back and upgraded iPhoto thinking that made sense.

    Now iPhoto can't open my library and when I look at its contents the folders for 2009 and 2010 are missing (2000-2008 are still there). Why would iPhoto selectively delete some of those folders? When I copy the problem library to an iMac I didn't upgrade, the folder structure for Albums is still there, and I have tumbnails for my pictures, but no original photos.

    Luckily I still have many, but not all, of my pictures on the camera's memory card, but I can't understand what iPhoto is doing.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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