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Restoring iPhoto Library from "Masters" Folder

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jbodford Calculating status...
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Mar 28, 2013 11:40 PM

This experience has been a disaster! My MacBook froze, and when I forced it to restart and then tried to open iPhoto, I got a message saying that an inconsistency had been detected in my library and that it needed to repair itself.

 

When it finally finished, I saw that it had added every single original (nonedited) image and every image that I had deleted for the last nine months or so. It was absurd--there were an additional 2,000 photos because of this, all speckled throughout my library.

 

So I've been trying to restore from a Time Machine backup made immediately before this mess started, and have had quite the difficult time with it. I finally just right-clicked the iPhoto library from that date, selected "Show Package Contents", and dragged the "Masters" folder into my new/empty iPhoto library.

 

It's now in the process of uploading all of my photos, but the number still seems a bit high.

 

For those of you who have gone through this process, did everything turn out correctly? Were the photos you had edited and/or rotated actually edited and/or rotated, and were the photos you had deleted actually deleted?

 

This has been an incredibly frustrating process. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:16 AM (in response to jbodford)

    You can't recover an iPhoto Library from the Masters folder. All you can do is start over from scratch. The Masters folder contains the images as downloaded from your camera. That's what you are importing - no edits or rotations.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:29 AM (in response to jbodford)

    You need to restore the iPhoto Library, as an item.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 6:53 AM (in response to jbodford)

    That is NOT how to retore form Time Machine - launch Time Machine and in the TM window go to the time you wnat to restore from - seect the iPhoto library (you can not restore parts of it - you must restore it as a single entity) and click on the restore button in TM

     

    see for more details on using TM - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,450 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to jbodford)

    This screenshot shows how to restore a library from Time Machine:

    iP9TMrestore.PNG

     

    OT

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,450 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:08 PM (in response to jbodford)

    Are you trying to open the library in the Time Machine backup with iPhoto?  That can't be done.  It must be restored to your Pictures folder.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to jbodford)

    jbodford wrote:

     

    I've tried this four times, and each time it says that I can't use a Time Machine backup as an iPhoto library and must make a new one.

     

    Could I "trick" iPhoto by making a copy of this older library?

    Let me try again

     

    that also is not how you do it - the instructions as give are here

     

    That is NOT how to retore from Time Machine -

     

    1 - launch Time Machine

     

    2 -  in the TM window go to the time you wnat to restore from

     

    3 -  select the iPhoto library (you can not restore parts of it - you must restore it as a single entity)

     

    4 - click on the restore button in TM

     

    see for more details on using TM - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    You do not resore pieces of it - you do not access the contents of the TM bakcup using the finder or using iPhoto

     

    You follow the steps I outlined (and seperated and numbered) to make it easier to folow

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,450 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to jbodford)

    Once the restore is completed see if you can apply 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.

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