I have several iPhoto libraries including one that I use for business (product shots and business meetups). The library was about 40GB and was on a shared drive attached to my Apple Extreme Base Station so I could access it from three computers at home as well as over the internet when away. This has worked fine for 7 or 8 months.
In the last couple of days I have changed the location of my AEBs in my house, which involved unplugging it and the external drive and relocating. I also renamed my Base Station. The drive was then reconnected and the partitions on it were again shared.
This evening when we tried to open the iPhoto library that was on the drive, it opened with a bunch of black windows where events used to be. It couldn't find any pictures. So we quit iPhoto and tried openning again by clicking the library file from Finder. This time it wouldn't open at all. It wouldn't even say the library was corrupted. I tried command/option open, but it wouldn't give me the repair dialogue either. It merely gave me a popup asking me what iphoto library I wanted to open and listed my other libraries, not this one.
Showing package contents revealed few folders. 134MB in ALL! My backup is unfortunately more than a month old (kicking myself) so I didn't lose everything, but still way too much to lose to a progam flaw.
Did we do something wrong here? How can a library on an external drive just ERASE that much data without warning? It worked yesterday, by the way, when I unloaded an event without problem.
We use iPhoto Buddy Helper for launching between iPhoto libraries if that makes any difference.
And the only other weird symptom I can think of is what I posted about in another thread: in my family library, not this one which was damaged, iPhoto stopped letting me drag and drop files onto my desktop. It started by letting me d&d all of them; then I could do only a handful; and now only one at a time. Weird.
Any suggestions on where I might find these 40GB of photos hiding?