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HT3442 Why do my Faces keep disappearing?  Help!

239 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2012 3:39 PM by joeylech RSS
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Dec 5, 2012 11:47 AM

I just upgraded to iPhoto '11 and am trying to organize my faces however they have disappeared on 2 separate occasions and I've needed to start over.  What could be the problem?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,750 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 12:46 PM (in response to joeylech)

    Your iPhoto Library may need repairing or rebuilding.


    • Back up your iPhoto library as a precaution.
    • Depress both the keys "option/alt⌥" and "command⌘" firmly at the same time and hold them down, while you  launch iPhoto by double clicking the iPhoto icon. Select "Repair database" from the panel to repair your iPhoto library. If that does not bring the faces back, try also rebuilding the library.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,750 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to joeylech)

    Since repairing the library brings the faces back, you must be using iPhoto in a way that is corrupting the library. This can happen, when you are force quitting iPhoto and it cannot complete its database transactions, when iPhoto crashes,, because of corrupted images that you imported, when you keep the library on an external drive that goes suddenly offline, or similar reasons. What exactly did you do, shortly before the faces disappeared? Did you have crashes?


    Is your iPhoto library on an internal or external volume?


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