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Recent events photos greyed out since restarting MacBook Pro

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My MacBook Pro stalled into a perpetual rolling beachball, I was not even able to evoke forced quite, when working with iMovie. I had no choice but to hold the start key and restart. I then verified and repaired permissions. But the damage was done. The iPhotos taken since the last restart are now greyed out with shadows of palm trees in the thumbnail spaces of events. When I click on a greyed out event there are no photos in the events.


Reading past discussion pages I can see rebuilding the iPhoto Library will probably solve the problem but my iPhoto Library is huge, taking a lot of disc space post rebuild. And it will probably take some time. I don't really know.


What is the best course to recover these pictures?


Running 10.8.2 on a 2.53 Gig Intel Duo Core with 4 GB ram.



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)

    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?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
    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: 


    Fix #1


    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.


    Fix #2


    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.





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