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How can I import 2000 RAW images into iPhoto without it seg faulting?

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Oct 31, 2012 1:35 AM

My iPhoto library is just over 62,000 images, about 20 percent of them are RAW.  It takes about 390 GB of disk space on a secondary drive.  I have 1.15 TB remaining on this drive.


I am trying to import around 2000 RAW photos into iPhoto at one time.


It is crashing with a segmentation fault after going through about 150 to 200 images.  It varies slightly in how far it gets each time I have tried it.


10/31/12 1:03:16.271 AM[146]: ([0x0-0x75075][1113]) Job appears to have crashed: Segmentation fault: 11


I recently upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion.  On Snow Leopard, with iPhoto 8, I could import this many RAW photos as one time without problems.  Now I cannot accomplish this.  I have tried rebuilding and repairing the iPhoto library.  Any suggestions?  I really don't want to break up this import as it represents one photo shoot.


Thank you!

iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iMac Processor 2.93 GHz Intel Core
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)

    The difference between 10.6 and 10.8 is that the OS uses twice as much Ram. How much Ram do you have?


    The next 10 lines of the Crash Report might be more useful, plus if you can also add the crashed thread:


    Crashed Thread:  23  Import thread 4


    Remember too that you can merge Events after importing. Just takes a second.






  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,135 points)

    If you don't find a solution you can always import them in manageable groups and then merge their events into just one event.  A bonus to this method is if it's a bad file that's causing the failure you'll be able to isolate it. 



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)

    File -> Export and you can export to a folder structure matching your Event layout - its an option in the Export dialogue.


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