7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2013 5:41 AM by sara@43
willownorfolk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi Community

 

I am running OS X 10.6.8 on an imac (intel) I have iphoto version '11 9.2.2 (629.40)

My iphoto has stopped loading I just get the spinning cog thing, and no error messages and I cannot time this to anything I have specifically done.

 

I have read answers on here and downloaded iphoto library manager which seems to have retrieved my photos. but I am really unsure of what to do next.

 

You have probably guessed I'm not to good at the technical stuff. From what I have read I should now darg the iphoto App files to the waste bin, reload it from the applications disc, then run updates and then presumably reload the library from iphoto library manager. Is this the correct course of action in my case?

 

Secondly I am terrified that if I will loose my photos as I have no other back up (ok I know with hindsight stupid) so are they now safe in iphoto library manager or will dumping iphoto dump that too?

 

Andree


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Iphoto App
  • 1. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    1. You photos are not "safe in iPhoto Library Manager". There is no place in Library Manager for them. It just lists what it sees in the iPhoto Library.

     

    2. Make a back up now.

     

    Most Simple Back Up

     

    Drag the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to another Disk. This will make a copy on that disk.

     

    Slightly more complex:

     

    Use an app that will do incremental back ups. This is a very good way to work. The first time you run the back up the app will make a complete copy of the Library. Thereafter it will update the back up with the changes you have made. That makes subsequent back ups much faster. Many of these apps also have scheduling capabilities: So set it up and it will do the back up automatically. Examples of such apps: Chronosync or DejaVu . But are many others. Search on MacUpdate

     

    3. To deal with the problem: use the 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.  

  • 2. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    Secondly I am terrified that if I will loose my photos as I have no other back up (ok I know with hindsight stupid) so are they now safe in iphoto library manager or will dumping iphoto dump that too?

    Before you do anything else, do yourself a favor and make a backup of your iPhoto library and the library you restored with iPhoto library manager. It is really necessary before you proceed. Why are you dragging your feet about it, after having seen how risky that is?

  • 3. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    willownorfolk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Terence

     

    Thank you for your response, I have purchased Deja vu and I think set it up to manually back up however the iphoto library is greyed out I assume this means that it will not back up.

     

    There does not appear to be any instructions with the deja vu download and I am not even sure how to run it. any help would be gratefully received as otherwise I have just wasted £22.00.

     

    Andree

  • 4. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    There's a Help link here

     

    http://propagandaprod.com//support.html

     

    and as a general rule you use it to abck up the Folder containing the Library, not the Library.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 5. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    willownorfolk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Terence

     

    Thank you for that I have decided that I am going to purchase a separate hard drive tomorrow and back it up on there and sort out Deja vu at a later date.

     

    Assuming I get the back up done do I then darg the iphoto App files to the waste bin, reload it from the applications disc, then run updates and then reload the library from my back up?

     

    Sorry to be a pain

     

    Andree

  • 6. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    You seem intent on re-installing iPhoto. I wouldn't do that yet as there's a very good chance that the problem is the Library and not the application.

     

    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. 

    Regards

     

    TD

  • 7. Re: Iphoto has Stpped working
    sara@43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi i am runnig the same systerm etc as you are and my i photo has done exactly the same on the same day!!!!  am going to try what Terence has kindly replyed wish me luck?  have you managed to fix this without loosing precious photos.