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Photo Stream photos refusing to import to iPhoto?

299 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2013 8:25 PM by Honore RSS
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Jan 13, 2013 10:49 PM

During a recent import from SD card to MBP I encountered an error (still don't know what kind, as it has not happened since, though I did send a report to Apple when it happened) that caused iPhoto to hang.  It showed up as "not responding" in the "force quit" window, so I hit "force quit".  Unfortunately I had also hit "delete photos" from the card just prior to the "hang". The photos show up in photo stream but the iPhoto event shows as corrupted.  When I attempt to create an album and add those photos, the album also shows corrupted.  I deeply and sincerely do not want to lose those photos, and would be immensely grateful for suggestions and/or guidance, since apparently the iCloud photos are only stored for 30 days?

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,315 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 11:23 AM (in response to Honore)

    Create a new iPhoto library, enable Photo Stream, and see if you can import the PS photos into it.  If you can then you have them safely on your hard drive.


    Once you have them in the other library open your current library and do the following:  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:


    Fix #1


    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.


    If the above doesn't fix the library so it can import the PS photosyou can to proceed with #2:


    Fix #2


    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.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,315 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 4:57 PM (in response to Honore)

    What is indicated is that some of the original files are missing from the library.  That's what the dotted window indicates in the library and what iPLM is telling you.  Not much an be done.


    One thing you can do to see if you've got all of available photos visible in your library is the following:


    Starting over from scratch with new library


    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:


    1. Open the library package like this.





    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.


    3. Drag the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window.





    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects. 


    You can not check to see what the number of photos this library contains and if that matches your current library. If so use your current library after deleting the "problem" photos. If the new library has photos that are not in your library you can use it or not.  Or merge the two libraries with iPhoto Librarhy Manager into a 3rd with the option of not importing duplicates.  That will preserve the metadata, albums, events, places, keywords of your current library while adding the "new" photos from the "start from scratch" library.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.


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