The db file has been corrupted.
Surefire solution: Restore from back up.
Try these in order - from best option on down...
1. Do you have an up-to-date back up? If so, try copy the library6.iphoto file from the back up to the iPhoto Library allowing it to overwrite the damaged file.
2. Download <a href="http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/"><b><u>iPhoto Library Manager</b></u></a> and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.
Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.
3. If neither of these work then you'll need to create and populate a new library.
To create and populate a new *iPhoto 6* library:
Note this will give you a working library with the same Rolls and pictures as before, however, you will lose your albums, keywords, modified versions, books, calendars etc.
Move the iPhoto Library to the desktop
Launch iPhoto. It will ask if you wish to create a new Library. Say Yes.
Go into the iPhoto Library on your desktop and find the Originals folder. From the Originals folder drag the individual Roll Folders to the iPhoto Window and it will recreate them in the new library.
When you're sure all is well you can delete the iPhoto Library on your desktop.
In the future, in addition to your usual back up routine, you might like to make a copy of the library6.iPhoto file whenever you have made changes to the library as protection against database corruption.
- Thanks Terence – I was kind of thinking this is what happened
I don’t have a current back up but I wanted to run a couple of thoughts by you.
- Using iPhoto Library Manager I’m still unable to see any photos after October. I’m assuming this has to do with the corrupted library db.
- Is the rebuild options worth trying?
- I’ve created a new library (2010-2012) and have moved all the originals from those three years into it.
- Here is what I’m thinking:
- Use iPhoto Library Manager to copy my photos from 2004 to 2009 (2004-2009) into a new library
- Trash the old library folder
- Merge the both the 2004-2009 and 2010-2012 libraries together creating my original library (prior to corruption).
- One last problem I’m having is HD space. Any thought you have on library organization and backing up based on my limited HD space
- I have 3 external drives each having about 80GB large.
Thank you again.
Note - that without a good, current backup you are 100% sure to lose your photos and other files sooner or later - computers, software and humans fail and without a backup you have no way to recover - this would be a gret time to get an external drive 2 1/2 times as large as you main drive and turn Time Machine on
And if you do not have a minimum of 10GB of free space on your hard drive you are in danger of many problems including losing photos - In addition to a TM backup drive I would get a decent sized drive and get the iPhoto library over to it - 500 GB drives are way less than $100 - 2 TB drives around $100 to $150 if you look around
Here is an example from an e-mail I received yesterday - not a recomendation but just one example of current pricing for 2TB -
I lost the last year of photos when iPhoto upgraded itself to 11.
However, deleting the com.apple.iphoto.plist in User/Library/Preferences and then continuing to follow the advice at the link below saved everything, including a recent book.