4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 5:30 AM by Tkgalvin
Tkgalvin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I restored my hard drive from time machine after power blinks corrupted the file system so badly that disk utility could not repair it. Since then, iPhoto has not displayed images correctly. Events are there, and blank squares are shown, but that's all. I rebuilt small and all thumbnails and permissions -- I think the top three or four options in the iPhoto rebuild utility, which took five hours to do but which seems not to have changed anything. The iPhoto library is still more than 100GB, so the photos are there. I didn't choose rebuild from backed up --- whatever the final option on the rebuild menu offers -- because that seems to be appropriate only when a backup is interrupted. Could certainly do it, though. How do I get iphoto behaving again? I have full time machine backups saved automatically and another fairly recent copy on a separate hard drive stored remotely. Thanks for whatever help anyone can provide. I've looked at existing questions and solutions without success so far.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: I restored my hard drive from time machine. Why is iPhoto not displaying images properly?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    What version of iPhoto and system are your running?  Since you've tried rebuilding with iPhoto give this a try:

     

    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.

     

    If you have an external HD you might want to have the rebuilt copy created on it unless you have well more than 100 GB available on your boot drive.

     

    OT

  • 2. Re: I restored my hard drive from time machine. Why is iPhoto not displaying images properly?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    I would restore a slightly older copy of the library and see what happens

     

    LN

  • 3. Re: I restored my hard drive from time machine. Why is iPhoto not displaying images properly?
    Tkgalvin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    It just seems like the library/database is OK and the pointers to its contents are messed up. It seems like there ought to be a way to re-establish the links.

    I'm running OSX 10.6.8 and the iPhoto version is 8.1.2.

  • 4. Re: I restored my hard drive from time machine. Why is iPhoto not displaying images properly?
    Tkgalvin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Restore keeps failing. Says "preparing to copy" and then just stops without success or error message. No contents in package. First time it said didn't have room, so I deleted the bad library that I was trying to restore. I go into Time Machine, find the library from Dec. 28, say -- I've tried a couple dates, now -- and click restore.... same thing. I have rebuilt versions on the same external drive as the Time Machine volume, but they seem to be missing all the photos from 2012! That's a lot of photos!