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white icon/missing photo puzzle... photostream?

369 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 4:22 AM by JTF RSS
JTF Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Jan 7, 2013 2:14 AM

Here's a weird puzzle maybe one of you iPhoto experts can solve:


I'm using the most updated versions of OS X and iPhoto, and up until recently have had no trouble.




I was scanning through my full photos database the other day and spotted over 700 white icons where photos should be. Clicking on each goes only to a black screen in the edit area. Under the "File" menu, searching for the original says the file cannot be found. And yet searching for the file name in Finder reveals itin the iPhoto library.


Now add this wrinkle...


If I hold down the command key and click the file in Spotlight, I get a spinning wheel and iPhoto freezes up. If I double click the Finder version of the file, it opens in Preview. However, if I drag the Finder version of the file back onto the iPhoto icon, iPhoto says it can't import the file because it's unreadable.


Note that the file we're talking about is and image and is a JPG.


One more thing...


I've just discovered that all the problematic image files may be ones that I've selected for various Photostream albums (there are too many for me to check, image by image, but it's been the case of all those I've checked so far). Strangely, I can find the original versions okay in older year-sensitive smart folders inside of iPhoto.It's just that they reappear in my more recent list of iPhoto photos as well, as the white icons.


Follow all that?


And if yes, is there a fix?


To note, I have already tried all of the rebuild options built into iPhoto with no luck.


It's a real puzzler... I just want to make sure I'm not losing any photos here.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 2:32 AM (in response to JTF)

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.  

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 2:46 PM (in response to JTF)

    Select one of the white icons and use the File ➙ Reveal in Finder ➙ Original File menu option.  That will take you to the original file via the Finder.  Open the file with Preview and see if it opens correctly. Post back with the results.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:33 PM (in response to JTF)

    Open one of the files in Preview and save it as a new JPEF file to the Desktop.  See if that file will import.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:46 AM (in response to JTF)

    I know you were able to open it in Preview but did you create an entirely new file via Save As and try importing that?


    Or is the  Finder version of the file one that you created with a Save As in Preview?


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