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Problems with "imported" photos in iPhoto

120 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 12:11 PM by Terence Devlin RSS
molnar.rk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 17, 2013 11:28 AM

The default on my version of iPhoto (V. 8.1.2) seems ot have been just import links.  But I really would prefer to have the photos actually imported into theiPhoto library, so when I upgrade (both iPhoto andmy computer) I can just take the library, and not worry about the links being broken.


Is there some way I can do this, without having to re-create the whole library?



12" Powerbook, Also Mac Book
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,900 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 12:11 PM (in response to molnar.rk)

    Set iPhoto to be a managed Library and then


    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.  


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