Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 7:31 AM (in response to Sof6)
Have you tried to dpen the library in your "pictures" folder by selecting it in the Finder and double clicking it? What happens, when you do that?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to léonie)
Leonie: There's an oddity of iPhoto08 that means that doing that will open the last used Library rather than the one you have clicked on.
To select a Library in 08:
Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'
If that fails:
Try these in order - from best option on down...
1. Do you have an up-to-date back up? If so, try copy the library6.iphoto file from the back up to the iPhoto Library (Right Click -> Show Package Contents) allowing it to overwrite the damaged file.
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.
3. If neither of these work then you'll need to create and populate a new library.
To create and populate a new *iPhoto 08* library:
Note this will give you a working library with the same Events and pictures as before, however, you will lose your albums, keywords, modified versions, books, calendars etc.
In the iPhoto Preferences -> Events Uncheck the box at 'Imported Items from the Finder'
Move the iPhoto Library to the desktop
Launch iPhoto. It will ask if you wish to create a new Library. Say Yes.
Go into the iPhoto Library (Right Click -> Show Package Contents) on your desktop and find the Originals folder. From the Originals folder drag the individual Event Folders to the iPhoto Window and it will recreate them in the new library.
When you're sure all is well you can delete the iPhoto Library on your desktop.
In the future, in addition to your usual back up routine, you might like to make a copy of the library6.iPhoto file whenever you have made changes to the library as protection against database corruption.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 11:31 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thanks, TD for correcting this!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
I'm not able to choose a library -it still opens empty.
The same thing happens with option one -I open package content and drag the library6.iphoto file to iPhoto, and it opens empty. Just to be sure, I understand you correctly -is dragging it into iphoto what you meant by copying to iPhoto?
Option 2. Is this the same as holding down cmd + alt while opening iPhoto and choosing a rebuild option or is it different(haven't tried either yet)
Thank you so much for a thorough reply!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 6:52 AM (in response to Sof6)
The same thing happens with option one -I open package content and drag the library6.iphoto file to iPhoto, and it opens empty.
You open the package of the Backup Library and copy the library6.iphoto file from it to the damaged library - not the iPhoto icon, but the damaged Library and replace the library6.iphoto file there.
No option 2 is entirely different.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 3:30 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
thank you so much for clarifying this!
Option one helped me restore my iphoto -completely as it was, I could not be happier!!! So thanks again, I now have all of my memories back on my mac :-)
Have a good day!