3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2012 2:45 PM by Old Toad
paddyamsterdam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

While browsing though old photos on my external hard drive, they wer somehow automatically imported into iphoto. Initially I had no problem with that until I realised that the old photos have replaced all my photos from the past 2 years. How do I retrieve these photos?

iPhoto '08, Mac OS X (10.5.8), lacie external hard drive
  • 1. Re: Photo's in iphoto 9 have disappeared
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,670 points)

    Are you running a "managed' or "referenced" library?


    If you're running a managed library try the following:


    Make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup copy) of the library and apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    Select the options identified in the screenshot


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.




  • 2. Re: Photo's in iphoto 9 have disappeared
    paddyamsterdam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your help, but it hasn't worked - I couldn't launch iphoto with the command & option keys so did iphoto library but that didn't work either. Any other tips?

  • 3. Re: Photo's in iphoto 9 have disappeared
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,670 points)

    So you're running a "managed library", right?  Try this:  launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and try to create a new, test library. If you can't then first try this: iPhoto_Pref_and_Cache make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup copy) of the library and try the following:


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your

         User/Home()/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

         User/Home()/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder. 


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    3 - 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 down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.


    If that doesn't help a reinstall of iPhoto is warranted. To do so you'll have to delete the current application and all files with "iPhoto" in the file name with either a .PKG or .BOM extension that reside in the HD/Library/Receipts folder, reinstall iPhoto from the disk it came on and apply the latest updaters.