Currently Being ModeratedJan 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 4:43 PM (in response to steve626)
While I haven't tried your approach yet (using iPhoto Library Manager), I am taking the following steps:
- Turn off FileVault on both the original computer and the new computer (learned it may create problems)
- Cleaned up OS on new computer to prepare for fresh import
- Cmd+Option launch iPhoto on old computer to repair the database and ensure the library is ready for migrating
- Migration Assistant to directly move (via Firewire 800 + Thunderbolt) the iPhoto library from the old computer to the new computer *instead of* the approach I took initially, which was to transfer through an external hard drive
In talking to a few folks today, I learned that while the approach of transferring through an external hard drive should work in most cases, it may be the root of my problem (either a software issue on one side of the transfer, a cable issue, or an external hard drive issue). If a direct connection and Migration Assistant don't do the trick, then iPhoto Library Manager is on deck for the next solution. Will share the outcome!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to erikbiorn)
If anyone else has this problem, here's what I did to fix it.
1) On old MBP with the original iPhoto library, I ran a rebuild using iPhoto to make sure it wasn't corrupt.
2) Turned on the new MBPr, connected a Firewire cable with Thunderbold adapter to the old MBP, then turned on the old MBP in target disc mode (held down "T" while booting up) which showed up as an external Fireware hard drive on the new MBPr.
3) Directly transferred the original iPhoto library from the old MBP to the new MPRr into the Photos folder to become my MBPr's iPhoto library. This took about 2 hours.
4) Once the transfer was done, confirmed that everything made the move by checking folder information.
5) Ejected the MBP.
6) Launched the iPhoto library on the new MBPr and saw that all the photos, events, and thumbnails appeared correctly. Succeess.
I believe the issue I had was in how I was originally transferring the iPhoto library to the new computer. The approach that failed was this:
- Copy iPhoto library from Old MBP to a Seagate external hard drive
- Connect Seagate external hard drive to New MBPr
- Copy iPhoto library from Seagate external hard drive to New MBPr
By eliminating the middle man and transferring the iPhoto directly, where one Mac was directly "talking" to the other, I believe the transfer was clean and without corruption. Good luck!