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Jan 12, 2013 9:33 PM

I uploaded over 800 photos from my camera to iPhoto. After editing about 300, iPhoto kicked me out. I reopened and the "event" was still there but it was empty. A grey palm tree is on the thumbnail for the event, and the # of photos is 0. This has happened to me 3 times now. I have tried to restore the edited photos from time capsule, they are not there. I have tried a few things, ie, clicking on Last Import, it gives me the import from a month ago, the one prior to this one. Here is the weirdest thing of all: just now when I created my username for this support community, I chose to import a picture. Under "Media" I opened "pictures" and all my edited photos were there. Why can I not see them in iPhoto or time capsule? How can I move them back into my iPhoto Library?? Why has this happened 3 times with this particular import when it has never happened in over a year since I got my macbook pro? What can I do to prevent it from happening again????? Thank you.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 9:47 PM (in response to Lydexter)

    Before taking other action, it might be prudent here to rebuild your iPhoto Library database. It is possible that the photos are there, inside iPhoto's database, but because of the znomaly you experienced while in iPhoto, the pointers within the database might be corrupted and unable to show you the photos inside the iPhoto program.


    There are two ways to rebuild the iPhoto database.


    (1) While opening iPhoto, hold down the option and command keys. You can ask it to rebuild portions of the database, but I would recommend rebuilding everything, by checking all the boxes. Since this rebuild acts directly on the iPhoto Library, you should first make a copy of the iPhoto Library for safekeeping in case you are not satisfied with the outcome of this procedure.


    (2) Download iPhoto Library Manager, a very powerful program (costs $20, but well worth it) which has a more thorough and superior rebuild iPhoto library capability than the one that Apple provides. Also, iPhoto Library Manager doesn't change or touch the original iPhoto Library; it leave sit alone but scours through it for all existing photos and creates a NEW iPhoto Library based on all the photos and info it can find in your current iPhoto Library.


    I recommend (2) over (1). Make a copy of your iPhoto Library if you go with (1).


    This may restore your "lost" photos in the iPhoto Library database. If it doesn't, there are other troubleshooting steps one can take.


    Why has this happened with this particular import? Hard to say, but perhaps one of the photos was damaged and iPhoto is having trouble handling it; or perhaps there was a memory or electronic glitch or small power surge in your computer at the moment that the iPhoto database (IPhoto Library) was being updated which corrupted one of its pointers, and the database will continue to give you trouble until you rebuild it with (1) or (2) [preferably (2)].

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:28 AM (in response to Lydexter)

    I think it is a good idea to work with several smaller Libraries versus one big one, but actually, I have read that iPhoto works with up to 250,000 photos and some report they have more than that in their Libraries. I think many users have Libraries well over 100 GB if you read these forums, without issues (my daughter has one that is 170 GB).  The iPhoto Library is actually a package-type folder itself, and all the photos inside are sorted into individual folders basically by date, so one is basically looking at many folders used to hold many files here, nothing that a Mac can't handle. Creating a new iPhoto Library makes yet another new folder to contain more folders with photos in them. However I think it makes logical sense to have multiple iPhoto Libraries when one has many photos, tens of thousands, say.


    By the way, 250,000 photos with 10 MB per photo equals 2,500 GB, or 2.5 TB of photos.


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