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iPhoto Library has disappeared and must have a major BUG!!

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iPhoto Library has disappeared and must have a major BUG!!


At least 95 percent of my iPhoto Library is gone, and it was not because I did not back up, and it was not because of a machine error.  I sincerely believe there is an iPhoto Bug that needs to be found. 



I have a MacBook Pro, 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3.  I use this computer for everything, and I back up using Time Machine about ever 2 weeks or so.  I back up to an external 1TB G-raid drive and the drive is still fully functioning and normal. 



My MacBook Pro began to act erratically (to open Safari, for example, would take 2 minutes to launch with spinning ball of death going the whole time).  The computer became unusable and I took it to the Apple Store for help and repair.  After two attempts at repair (including replacing the internal drive, the display and the airport extreme), Apple has the computer working again.


I took it home and rebuilt my computer, using the latest (two weeks old) backup from Time Machine.  Everything came back as to be expected, with the exception of iPhoto.  When I open it, it shows all the dates and knows there should be photos, but the vast majority of them are gone.  GONE!!!



When you go back onto the external backup drive, the photos are gone from there, too!  From the backup that was from 2 weeks before the computer crashed, all those photos are gone.  And I had been using iPhoto all along with no troubles and definitely used iPhoto between my last Time Machine backup and before the computer crashed.  Bizarre!  If you control-click on the iPhoto Library and go to "show package contents", it does show all the years the photos have been imported, and inside those years are the folders of different dates or events that have been imported... But when you open those folders, they are all empty.  Every one of them.  Hundreds of empty folders!


I took the computer along with the backup drive and returned to the Apple Store hoping they could solve it.  The Genius Bar tech working on my Mac said the words you never want to hear:  "I have never seen this before."  Great.  He was as confused by the situation as I am. 


The best they could do was give me a sheet of paper with a list of data recovery stores I could take the external drive to and hope they can recover the pictures.  I will do that (for no small fee, I'm sure).  But the big issue here is that something about iPhoto failed and failed completely.  Nothing else on my computer was affected.  I have been digging around on these discussion boards and here is another, similar situation by bittergrape who says he is an IT guy:


and there are a remarkable amount of others:


and this:


and this:


Just search apple discussions for "iphoto library disappeared" or "iphoto library missing" and there are numerous horror stories.  What's happening here, Apple?  Why is iPhoto failing on so many people's machines?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), External G-Raid 1TB drive as backup


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