Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to 3pin)
You've answered your own question there...
Reading past discussion pages I can see rebuilding the iPhoto Library will probably solve the problem
What else were you hoping for?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 3:23 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
I was hoping that there was a way to isolate those greyed out photos and not reprocess the whole library.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 4:35 PM (in response to 3pin)
What is the best course to recover these pictures?
By restoring you backup copy of the library made just before the problem occured. Baring that then by repairing the library as follows:
Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:
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.
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 4:28 AM (in response to 3pin)
Well that was a complete waste of a day. iPhoto Library Manager did not help. The rebuilt iPhoto Library took all night and the results are that the new library doesn't even have the greyed out missing events.
I have returned to my original library via opening with the option key and at least the greyed out events with palm trees are still there.
Does anybody have a solution to restoring these photos? Is it possible that iPhoto does not actually save the photos till it shuts down? If so, there is a flaw in software design.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 4:32 AM (in response to 3pin)
I am running Time Capsule/Time Machine as a backup. It has rescued me once when my logic board failed and corrupted data. I was able to clone a new hard drive from it. But can I just access iPhoto and retrieve those missing pictures?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 4:49 AM (in response to 3pin)
Heaven help me. I just accessed Time Machine and all data from before the loss is gone. It should have been my first resource and I blew it. The rebuild of the iPhoto Library must have eaten all capacity. In retrospect I should have turned off Time Capsule, instead I climbed the wrong tree.
Are these pictures really gone?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 1:57 PM (in response to 3pin)
With nothing left to lose, I followed Old Toad's Fix #1, rebuilding option 3, the database on the original Ride Library. After the rebuild, the library came up. And slowly, the event photos appeared. The photos were within.
Thank you Old Toad!