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iPhoto on MBPr isn't showing thumbnails

369 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 3:36 PM by erikbiorn RSS
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Jan 12, 2013 10:06 PM

Issue: After migrating a 133 GB iPhoto library from my old MBP to my new MBPr I've been unable to see ~50% of the photo thumbnails.  The app has prompted me to go through a process of generating high resolution thumbnails, but in doing so (multiple 2-4 hour attempts) I've had to eventually force quit due to an endless process of trying to find "missing originals" (despite the transfer showing that all bits made the trip over).


Things I've tried: (1) Entered Photo Library First Aid to repair permissions, rebuild thumbnails, repair database, and rebuild database several times.  (2) Rebooted the computer.  (3)  Re-copied original iPhoto Library from the original computer and re-imported into the new.  (4) Scanned the Apple Support Communities looking for an answer.


I've seen quite a bit of discussion in the community forums about similar issues, but haven't found a solution that won't impact all the metadata.  I'm a long time Mac user - eager to start enjoying MBPr - but am exhausted from spending the entire day today trying to get this to work.  Is this a screwed up import, corrupt iPhoto library, or known iPhoto issue for users with retina display computers?  Any ideas out there?  Thank you! - Erik


Old System:  2009 MacBook Pro on Mac OS X 10.7.5 with iPhoto '11 (v.9.4.2)

New System:  2012 MacBook Pro Retina on Mac OS X 10.8.2 with iPhoto '11 (v.9.4.2)

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:21 PM (in response to erikbiorn)

    Here's what I suggest, since you've used the Apple built in method to rebuild the Library but it didn't work.


    Download and purchase iPhoto Library Manager. It costs $20. If possible, start from the ORIGINAL iPhoto Library before you tried all the repair steps. I think this is better than starting with your rebuilt multiply iPhoto Library. but if you don't have that original iPhoto Library, then start from the one you have tried to rebuild.


    Have iPhoto Library Manager rebuild the iPhoto Library. As you no doubt already know, this can take ~ hours with a Library that size. One good thing about iphoto Library Manager is that it leaves the original Library untuched and creates an entirely new iPhoto Library based on all the photos it finds and info about them, contained in the previous Library.


    I don't know why you are experiencing this. I and many others have successfully migrated older iPhoto Libraries over to new Macbook Pro Retina computers. Every so often, someone does run into a problem. I would suspect some small corruption in the Library is preventing the updating of the thumbnails. IPhoto Library Manager is the best tool for repairing this.


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