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iPhoto pics lost

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Fred Johnson Calculating status...
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Apr 20, 2013 9:36 AM

A few days ago, I downloaded some photos from a Texas trip to iPhoto 11 (Ver 9.4.2) and printed a bunch of them. Now, I can't find a single one of those photos. Has never happened before.


I have an iMac OSX ver 10.8.3, Proc 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 with 32 GB memory



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to Fred Johnson)

    Are they shown under Photos (or faces or palces) or in last import?  What has happened since you printed them?



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,160 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to Fred Johnson)

    Give this a try: 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.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,160 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to Fred Johnson)

    Go into Time Machine's preferences, and exclude the Pictures folder on your Mac.  Reboot, go back and remove the Pictures folder from the exclude list and force a new backup.  It will take a while as it may backup the entire library rather than just the new or modified files.


    The best source for diagnosing TM problems is Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions


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