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Photos are gone - sort of

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Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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Nov 10, 2012 1:24 PM

Mac mini mid 2010, Mtn Lion 10.8.2, iPhoto '08


Added some photos to iPhoto on 8 October.

27 photos in an event titled Max - 3rd Birthday.

They were fine a few weeks ago.

Opened iPhoto today. Event is still there with 27 photos. Thumbnails are fine.

When I click the other 26 photos, it zooms then I get the exclamation mark.

Only one photo (that was modified) works correctly.


There is /Users/Shared/Photo Library/Modified/2012/Max - 3rd Birthday/.

There is no /Users/Shared/Photo Library/Originals/2012/Max - 3rd Birthday/ folder.


There is a /Users/Shared/Photo Library/Data/2012/Max - 3rd Birthday/ with the thumbnails and faces files of all 27 photos.


Looking in Time Machine (using TM and through the Finder), /Users/Shared/Photo Library/Originals/2012/Max - 3rd Birthday/ does not exist anywhere.

The /Users/Shared/Photo Library/Modified/2012/Max - 3rd Birthday/ folder does exist.


All 27 photos are identified correctly in the AlbumData.xml file.


Where are these photos?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to Chris CA)



    The exclamation mark is an indication that iPhoto has broken the link/file path to the original file in the library. Make a temporary, backup copy of your library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) 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.



    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.


    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.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:04 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Sounds like your library has been hosed pretty badly.  Your best option is to restore a Time Machine backup of the library from just before this occurred.


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