5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2012 6:28 AM by Terence Devlin
goodlymammon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have had a problem that has been happening on a continuing basis.  I have rebuilt my iPhoto library so many times at this point I'm getting scared that permenant damage may happen to my photos.


I find that on occation something happens with iPhoto where it gets stuck "Finishing Importing Photos."  The only solution to get it to stop is Force Quit; however, whenever I do that I cannot get back into iPhoto.  The program will open, but the library never will.  The only thing that works once this happens is to entirely rebuild the library, but that takes 1 1/2 to 2 days.


I finally gave up on my library and so I was trying to build a brand new library using photos I saved as a backup from the original library's "Originals" folder (the one you can see when you "show package contents").  I've been importing them about 2000 photos at a time.  I was about half-way through importing these 45k+ photos, and I was on a group that I left overnight, when a MacOS update apparently also ran.  When I came back to it today, my brand new iPhoto library was stuck "Finshing Importing Photos."  I looked for any and all options to not have to force quit, but not finding any I did the force quit and hoped that this new library would not fail like the last one . . . I was not that lucky.


I'm currently running the iPhoto Library Manager, trying to run a rebuild but it's been an hour and I can't really tell if it is doing anything.  Still, I should think there should be a way to fix this without using third-party software.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • 1. Re: Numerous iPhoto issues
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,820 points)

    What's the question?

  • 2. Re: Numerous iPhoto issues
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    It sounds like you may have some corrupted photos - as to doing it without third party software = amazing but you need third party software to do many things - that is why the App store is solarge and successful



  • 3. Re: Numerous iPhoto issues
    goodlymammon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The problem is that in the last weeks I'm spending more time trying to make iPhoto work, than having iPhoto work for me.  The question is: how do I make iPhoto stable again, or should I just give up on this crappy software and start storing all my photos in manual folders I make with each download?

  • 4. Re: Numerous iPhoto issues
    goodlymammon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, how do I end this vicious corrupted photos cycle?  I get a corrupted photo that shuts down iPhoto, I do a restore, but somehow a new photo gets corrupted.  No exageration, I have rebuilt my iphoto library 12 times since August.  As for third party software, after a whole night running, iPhoto Library Manager sat there doing absolutely nothing, and not to get sidetracked on an unrelated argument, while third-party software can be awesome, it should not be a necessity in order to simply make one of Apple's most advertised and lauded programs even operate.

  • 5. Re: Numerous iPhoto issues
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,820 points)

    The problem here is that you're not giving us any information that will allow us to help.


    Remember: we cannot see your machine. There are 9 different versions of iPhoto and they run on 8 different versions of the Operating System. The tricks and tips for dealing with issues vary depending on the version of iPhoto and the version of the OS.  So to get help you need to give as much information as you can. Basic things like :



    - What version of iPhoto.

    - What version of the Operating System.

    - Details. As full a description of the problem as you can. For instance: 'iPhoto won't export' is best explained by describing how you are trying to export, and so on.

    - History: Is this going on long? Has anything been installed or deleted?

    - Are there error messages?

    - What steps have you tried already to solve the issue.

    - Anything unusual about your set up? Or how you use iPhoto?


    Anything else you can think of that might help someone understand the problem you have.



    iPhoto Library Manager is not necessary for iPhoto to work. But it's a handy tool if you can't fix other things. Use it, don't, whatever.