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May 26, 2012 1:02 AM

I have been using iPhoto for a long time and have about 10K pictures there at present.  Recently links seem to be lost to certain images and although I find them and relink, next time iPhoto is opened, I get messages that (the same) images can't be found. Has anyone had a similar experience and found a solution? I have tried "cleaning" my photo library and deleting albums and pictures. Using Mac Pro with Lion (10.7.4) and iPhoto 9.2.3.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 26, 2012 4:10 AM (in response to jajabinx)

    I have had the same problem.  Though I attribute this to the fact that I have many Facebook albums loaded with iPhoto, and have edited those albums in Facebook after the fact.   Also since I've redirected the photo library to be on an second partition with more room, it may be taking awhile to find those photos.   I would though make record of the file names of the missing files and try to locate them with FindAnyFile, and reattach them once found.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 26, 2012 4:52 AM (in response to jajabinx)

    Are you running a Managed or a Referenced Library?

     

    A Managed Library, is the default setting, and iPhoto copies files into the iPhoto Library when Importing. The files are then stored in the Library package

     

    A Referenced Library is when iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing because you made a change at iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced. (You unchecked the option to copy files into the Library on import) The files are then stored where ever you put them and not in the Library package. In this scenario you are responsible for the File Management.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 26, 2012 6:19 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

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    With the setting above, are unlinked photo error messages more or less likely?

    And if they are more likely, how do I know what is a copy, and what is an original, so I can delete the extra photos?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 26, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to a brody)

    Your library is corrupted because iPhoto cannot find the Original file.

     

    What version of iPhoto?

     

    Going forward: Running a Referenced Library gves you no extra capability whatever, means extra work for you and has several pitfalls worth considering.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3062728?tstart=0

     

    You might want to consider if it's the best way to use iPhoto.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 26, 2012 7:30 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Terence I've started a new thread so we can cover my issue alone:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3980282

    Mac OS X (10.7.3), * Links may give me compensation
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 27, 2012 12:20 AM (in response to jajabinx)

    Are you running a Managed or a Referenced Library?

     

    A Managed Library, is the default setting, and iPhoto copies files into the iPhoto Library when Importing. The files are then stored in the Library package

     

    A Referenced Library is when iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing because you made a change at iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced. (You uncheckedthe option to copy files into the Library on import) The files are then stored where ever you put them and not in the Library package. In this scenario you are responsible for the File Management.

     

    Deleting the Application will not restore  damaged Library.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    May 27, 2012 12:44 AM (in response to jajabinx)

    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Rebuild iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup.

     

    If that fails:

     

    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager 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. .

     

    Regards

     

    TD

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