No it does not -
Several things can happen (and either Old Toad or Terance are the experts in this area) including a phantom library being created by trying to access your library on a volume that is not available
This is not a copy of a library but a new blank library - if you launched iPhoto while the wireless library was not available this could have happened - it would explain having a new library that does not contain older photos - but it would not affect the actual old library on the wireless network
You also might have launched iPhoto while the EHD was not available - if that happened you get a virtual volume that is invisible - to check or to resolve this quit iPhoto, dismount your External hard drive and in the finder under the go menu go to folder /Volumes - if your EHD shows there drag it to the desktop, reconnect your EHD and restart the system
I haven't tried your suggestion yet Larry, because I'm working remotely at the moment using Splashtop connecting to my Mac. But I was able to run disk inventory X. Look what it reveals: http://screencast.com/t/hBqegnmXXr
58 GB of "other files" which it can't identify. Now the question is how to get to them??
I unplugged the drive from the AEBs and plugged it into one of the machines directly. Interestingly, what Finder was showing me before when accessing the shared drive over the network looked like all the files on the "Airport Files" partition when in fact these files are all within a folder called "Shared" on the "Airport Files" partition, which I can now see with the drive connected directly.
I'm going to attribute this to the "enable file sharing" setting within Airport Utility: http://screencast.com/t/Yxu3ytHaN
Perhaps before moving the Base Station's location this setting was off and I was connecting to the drive somehow anyway, and seeing the root of the partition. I must have enabled this setting once in the new location so it created a Shared directory. When iPhoto Buddy tried to access the library it knew to be in that location and couldn't find it, it must have created that new library. I don't know how those 32 random pictures got in there. They really are a random selection from the true library.
Thanks for all your help! Now I'm going to look into setting us up to only access the drive and the library when it's connected with a wire.
By the way, does that include having the drive connected as it was to the Base Station and accessing from an ethernet-connected computer, or do I just not want to go there?
AS long as the network is wired you will be fine - the key point is not to edit photos with iPhoto over a wireless link
is inherently unsafe. If you're trying to edit the Library (that is, make albums, move photos around, keyword, make books or slideshows etc.) or edit individual photos in it via Wireless be very careful. Dropouts are a common fact of wireless networking, and should one occur while the app is writing to the database then your Library will be damaged. Simply, I would not do this with my Libraries.
As I said above, I would not access my Libraries wirelessly.
This issue being warned about is editing in iPhoto over a wireless network
If the access to your library is all via wired connections ok - if it includes a wireless link then it is not recommended