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iPhoto has lost an event

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mifah Calculating status...
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Nov 17, 2012 6:06 AM

Had to replace my hard disk on iMac and was able to successfully restore from timecapsule/time machine. I checked for recently added pictures and all were present, I then upgraded from iPhoto9 to iPhoto11 as prompted by the application, after which one of the recently added events (but previously recovered) disappeared. I have the pictures on my iphone5 as I have not synced my photo's on this since upgrading to iPhoto11, but the pics have been removed from my ipod touch and ipad when they synched. I am confident the pics are on my timecapsule and so should be possible to recover them, but it is not clear a) how i can look or search for individual photo files within the iphoto library, I assume there must be a way of doing so but it is not apparently obvious.


Clearly the issue was caused by upgrading to iPhoto11. Does anyone know how I can find individual photos via finder and how I can search and recover photos from time-machine from my timecapsule.


Thanks in advance for any help or advice.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • the0pticnerve Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 8:32 AM (in response to mifah)

    "how i can look or search for individual photo files within the iphoto library?"


    Search field located in lower left of iPhoto window:


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    "how I can search and recover photos from time-machine from my timecapsule?"


    Launch Time Machine from within iPhoto to brouse backups.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,520 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to mifah)

    In the Event Mode set the View options as follows:



    Then look at the top/beginning of the list of Events for your missing Event. 


    If you stil can't find the photos and in case the photos are still in the library package but iPhoto has lost connection with it try the following: 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 (113,520 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to mifah)

    With the newer iPhoto and system the only restoration from Time Machine would be for an entire library. So if you restore a library use the Keep Both option so that you don't overwrite your current library.  That is if your current library has any photos you want to keep and if you have enought space on your drive.


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