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shezhoni Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 11, 2012 12:49 PM

I want only one iPhoto library and to delete other copies of libraries to avoid confusion and free up space. 


Right now on my new iMac I have two libraries, one (iPhoto Library PBG4) which came from my old computer and which has all my keywords ( about 8,000 photos) , and one (iPhoto Library) which doesn't, and which contains newer photos (about 3,000 photos.)


I tried to merge "iPhoto Library PBG4" with "iPhoto Library" with iPhoto Library Manager, but get this error message:  "Tried to retrieve element keywords for inactive iPhoto Library."


I hope someone can help me consolidate all my photos into one updated library.





iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iPhoto 9.4.2
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)

    Are you merging PBG4 into iPhoto LIbraryi?  If so try merging the two libraries into a new 3rd library and see if the keyword retrieval will proceed.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)

    There is but you'll lose your albums, keywords, titles, projects, etc.


    Starting over from scratch with new library


    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your two original libraries as follows:


    1. Open the library package like this.




    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.


    3. Drag the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window.


    Click to view full size


    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)
    In case anyone is reading this, how can I make sure to never have to repeat this work again?  That is, how can I sort of lock these photos that are all in the correct events, keywords, etc etc?


    Keep a backup  of your library current.  Time Machine is a possible solution to keeping a current backup. Another method is to use a backup application that can do incremental backups like Synk Pro among others. 


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