8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2011 3:55 PM by dshark
dshark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a new computer with iphoto 9.1.1. It came installed on the computer. It won't open my iphoto library and says that I have to upgrade. I loaded pics on this afternoon and got this message after trying to back up to my external drive. It seems like the pics are still there judging by the amount of hard drive space is left.

This is the message.

You can’t open your current photo library using this version of iPhoto.

This library must be upgraded by the iPhoto Library Upgrader application before you can use it with iPhoto. Please reinstall iPhoto from your iLife disc.

I don't think I have an iLife disc.
Any ideas please?

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • 1. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. That's an indications of a damaged library. Backup the library and try the two fixes below in order as needed:



    Fix #1


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your User/Library/Preferences folder.

    2 - delete iPhoto's cache files that are located in the User/Library/Application Support/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder.

    3 - reboot, launch iPhoto and try again.




    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding the the Option key. You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.


    Fix #2

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys depressed and follow the instructions to rebuild the library. Select options #1, #2 and #6.



    Click to view full size





    Happy New Year
  • 2. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    dshark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I should probably know this, but how do I backup the library if I can't launch iphoto?
    Thanks for your help!
  • 3. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)
    I should probably know this, but how do I backup the library if I can't launch iphoto?


    Go to your Pictures Folder and find the iPhoto Library there. Make a copy of it on another disk.

    Regards

    TD
  • 4. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)
    If you don't have an external HD and do have room on your boot drive just select the library and type Command+D (duplicate). That will produce a copy of the library just in case the fix procedures goes awry. If all is well after the fix is run drag the copy to the Trash in the dock.
  • 5. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    dshark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for all of your help.

    I have a new question about backing up iphoto.

    I set up a larger drive to do time machine so everything fits, but I used to also back up to an external drive too. From my old computer and iphoto, the pictures were listed in folders by date. I would just drag the new photos each month. On this new computer, I don't see the dated folders, so am wondering if there is a way to back up new photos instead of the entire library.
  • 6. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)
    If you use a backup application that can do incremental backups, i.e. copying only those new or changed files, you don't need to so anything except select the working library as the source and the backup library on the external HD as the destination.

    There are a number of applications that can do incremental backups. I use Synk which I've set up to automatically do the backup whenever it detects changes in the library. It's been setup to not backup when iPhoto is running but to start as soon as iPhoto is closed. That way I always have a current backup library after every sessions with iPhoto.

    There are a many backup apps. Just be sure that they can do incremental backups and can handle packages like the iPhoto Library.




    OT
  • 7. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    No - the folders are different now - you need an incremental backup program - I use Superduper to clone my entire hard drive daily - there are others like Carbon Copy cloner - and backup programs too

    LN
  • 8. Re: iphoto message to reinstall from iLife disc
    dshark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you all!