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iPhoto '09 suddenly fails to display images from last 8 weeks

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Nov 8, 2012 10:47 PM

Recent images I have stored in iPhoto '09 (since 18 September, except for those uploaded today!) are suddenly not being displayed. The thumbnails appear, but can't be opened for editing (black screen results), or for slideshows. RAW thumbnails can be displayed, but only at a reduced resolution, and also can't be edited, enlarged or operated on in any way. This affects all images regardless of their origin - two different cameras, scanned images, images saved from email attachments. Trying to launch a slideshow of 8 or 10 of these images only crashed iPhoto.


Drag and drop of thumbnails into Photoshop Elements correctly opens the images.


Re-installing the application hasn't solved the problem.


Recently I installed OSX 10.8.2, then had to have the hard disk of my iMac replaced (at Apple's recall). I restored the last saved version from Time Machine after getting the iMac back (two days ago) and everything appeared to be okay. The images in question were still available for viewing and editing after those changes, but suddenly today they became unviewable with iPhoto.


I'd be very grateful for whatever help I can get on this problem.



Lee Weller

(in Tasmania)

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)

    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 Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places 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. 




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)

    However, it had the unwanted effect of converting the RAW files into jpegs. So I still wasn't happy.

    Shouldn't do that. Where are you seeing these jpegs?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)

    How do you know they are jpegs?


    Can you export the originals?


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