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My iphoto library has disappeared. How do I find it?

67342 Views 157 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2014 5:58 AM by clodo9 RSS
  • SharonLM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK TD, but can you explain "how" I imported one Library to another?  Please.  That way, if I know how I did it, I'll not do it again.  But since I have no clue how I did that, I'll probably keep making that mistake.

     

    Any help is really appreciated!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,660 points)

    I'm afriad I wasn't there so I don;t know what you did. You report restoring it from the trash but I guess there were a couple of extra steps in there somewhere.

  • SharonLM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, thanks Terence.  Will try and figure this out. 

  • Janice Fisher Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    My iPhoto library disappeared as well and of course they are also not on TM.  They are all in iPhoto.  How can I get them to my library on my hard drive? 

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    If you have no iPhoto library and have no backup then you have nothing and will have to start over - with some information liek versions and what happened possibly someone could help - with zero information there is no possible help

     

    LN

  • Piper05 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did a software update this morning and my whole iphoto libary has gone?! 

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 8:14 AM (in response to Piper05)

    restore your backup of the iPhoto liberary from before the upgrade

     

    LN

  • Piper05 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 8:50 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    Thanks for the reply LN, I'm not sure how to or if I have one even?  I have some saved to my iphone, but I've never been able to get time machine to work.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:01 AM (in response to Piper05)

    How big is the iPhoto Library as shown in the Finder?

    Highlight001.jpg

    or

    Finder001.jpg

    Is it large enough to suggest the photo files are inside but just not being displayed? 

     

    If it is then try the two fixes below in order as needed: 

     

    Fix #1

     

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.

     

    iP93rebuild.PNG

     

    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.

     

     

    OT

  • Piper05 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 16.19.51.png

     

    This is what my finder is looking like, I have put in the photos from my iphone - around 700 photos but I did have over 2000.  It looks like iphoto is missing from my finder menu doesn't it?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to Piper05)

    That's the iPhoto application.  Go to your Pictures folder and check the iPhoto Library file there.

  • Piper05 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 16.41.05.png

     

    This one?  All folders are empty apart from the ones I just added from my phone. 

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:49 AM (in response to Piper05)

    See the file named iPhoto Library that is 5+ GB in size?  That's your library.  It's big enought to contain your photos.  Therefore try the following fixes on it in order as needed: 

     

    Fix #1

     

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.

     

    iP93rebuild.PNG

     

    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.

  • Piper05 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 10:02 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    Ok so I tried Fix #1 and coudn't get that box up..

     

    So triend Fix #2 and there is nothing else there. 

     

    Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 16.59.06.png

     

    Do appreciate this help by the way.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to Piper05)

    What you need to do is click on Cancel and click on the existing library at the left.  Go to the Library menu at the top and select Rebuild Library option:

    iPhoto Library Manager001.jpg

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