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jurscha Calculating status...
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Jan 28, 2013 7:12 AM

Is the number of photos which iPhoto 9.2.3 can handle limited? I regonized that the program deleted photos without warning whilst I added new photos and whilst I added face recognition. Is there a way to get the photo's back?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to jurscha)

    Yes there is a limit: 1,000,000. But even if you do hit that number i won't delete some to make room.  It sounds more like you have a corrupted database.


    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 




  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to jurscha)

    iPhoto '11 is good for 1,000,000 photos


    iPhoto does not"delete" photos on its own - it may lose track of them due to problems - exactly waht happened and what are you seeing? Do you have a backup?


  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:13 AM (in response to jurscha)

    Well without the Originals you have nothing, I'm afriad. Have you a back up?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:45 AM (in response to jurscha)

    What I learned is to keep a copy of the photo in a separate folder outside iPhoto.


    Yes, a back up...


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