Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2013 2:43 PM (in response to annie57817)
i tried to open the library directly from the HD
What do you mean by that? Do you mean you opened the iPhoto Library package in the Finder
and looked inside the Originals folder to see if there were any image files in the subfolders?
Download the free version of iPhoto Library Manager 4, launch it and add your library that's on the EHD. See if iPLM can see the photos in the library. Report back with the results.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 12:01 AM (in response to Old Toad)
I already did the "show package contents" and there is nothing in the originals folder. What i mean is that i doubble clicked on the iphoto icon that was in the external HD but there were no pictures when it launged the program.
I just tried with the iPLM, there is nothing in the library, it's size is just 7kb.
thanks anywayiPhoto '08, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 10:12 AM (in response to annie57817)
When was the last time you used the library on the EHD and it was fully populated with your photos?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 12:11 PM (in response to Old Toad)
the days before i connected it to my friends pc was the last time i even checked, since his pc is windows i didn't even think of doing anything with iphoto i just ignored it. i know it has to have something to do with that but again i connected mi external HD to a pc before and nothing like this happened.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to annie57817)
I don't see how you could have lost the photos from inside the library package. Often the database file gets damaged and iPhoto thinks there's image files but not what you're seeing.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to annie57817)
i connected my HD to a pc
This indicates a possible issue - the iPhoto library MUST be on a drive formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) and in general PCs can not connect to drives in Mac format - what format is the drive?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 2:38 PM (in response to LarryHN)
Windows NT Filesystem (Tuxera NTFS), and i read this was a universal format and that i could put my library on the HD with this format. Also i was doing the math, my HD has a capacity of 700GB and in finder i can see that there are still 503GB free space, i checked every folder for its size and added all of them plus the free space it comes up to a little more than 600GB, that means there is something missing.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to annie57817)
Windows NT Filesystem (Tuxera NTFS),
That is your problem
the iPhoto library MUST be on a drive formatted Mac OS extended (journaled)
I have no idea where you read this but it is incorrect
i read this was a universal format and that i could put my library on the HD with this format
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to annie57817)
It may be a universal format for document/file storage and retrieval but iPhoto uses a SQL database file in the library and that gets written to nearly continuously and can get damaged if not on a properly formatted drive, i.e. OS Extended (journaled).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 11:31 AM (in response to Old Toad)
Ok. thanks i understand now. I just want to be sure about two things then: you are telling me that it is normal that it worked correctly for over a month, then suddenly it was damaged so everything was lost? In this situation is there a way to recover the pictures?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 11:58 AM (in response to annie57817)
Essentially yes. That format as well as NAS and other of that type all add instability to an iPhoto library that is being activily used on them. The photos should not be lost, just the database file in the library is damaged.
Copy the library to your Mac or a properly formatted EHD and do the following on it: make a temporary, backup copy of your library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) and apply the two fixes below in order as needed:
Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.
Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #3, followed by #4 and then #1 as needed.
Using iPhoto Library Manager to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library
1 - download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
2 - click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option.
4 - In the next window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
5 - Click on the Create button.
Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments. However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2013 4:26 AM (in response to Old Toad)
Hi, thank you for helping me out. I tried to launch iphoto with the command key and option key held, the menu i get is different i chose the options that were similar to the ones you listed. When i get to the part of the iPLM and i try to rebuild the library from the file option it tells me it cant do it because there are no files in the library.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2013 7:40 AM (in response to annie57817)
If the files are not in your library then you need to restore your backup from when they were