Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2013 10:53 PM (in response to MacMailman)
What version of iPhoto? Assuming 09 or later
Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.
If that fails:
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.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 1:13 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thanks for your help, TD. I believe we salvaged a few more original pics. I did option 1 and option 2, but for some reason when I select Photos or Events I am seeing photos of envelopes, flowers, trash cans, (empty and full), icons for iCloud, I see one that says "Powered by Google", I see pictures of iPads, and a happy face. Icons for iMessenger, Facebook and twitter and moble me. Where in the world do these icons and crazy shapes and folders and question marks and exclaimation marks come from and what are they doing in iPhoto 11? Would you suggest that I move everything that isn't a legitimate photo to trash? I have never seen anything like this.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 12:00 PM (in response to MacMailman)
Has any one ever had this happen to their iPhoto. Is it safe to remove all wierd pictures of icons and shapes. There a exclamation marks in yellow yield signs as well as in stop signs. There are photos of how to make calendars in iPhoto. all these are mixed in with ligitimate photos and events.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 12:39 PM (in response to MacMailman)
WHat seems to have happened is that all the icons from your apps and so on have been imported. This can happen if the HD icon is accidentally dropped on the iPhoto icon or the iPhoto Window, fo instance. Yes you can delete them.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to MacMailman)
I am seeing photos of envelopes, flowers, trash cans, (empty and full), icons for iCloud, I see one that says "Powered by Google", I see pictures of iPads, and a happy face. Icons for iMessenger, Facebook and twitter and moble me.
It sounds like the system folder might have been dragged onto the iPhoto icon and those are icons used by the system that were imported into the library. It's happened before with others.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 12:57 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thank you TD and OT, I have one more question. I have the iPhoto icon in the dock and another on the desk top. When looking in the applications folder or Launchpad I do not see iPhoto. Why does it not show up in the applications folder or Launchpad?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to MacMailman)
Because it's on the desktop? Move it back to the Applications folder.