6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2013 10:16 AM by Terence Devlin
cristinaenrich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to import an iPhoto library from an external hard drive to a new iMac. I dragged the library to the pictures folder but after a couple of hours I get a message with error -36. What can I do?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: Error -36 while importing iPhoto library
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    That's an i/o error. It means that there is some (of the thousands and thousands) file in the iPhoto Library that cannot be copied.

     

    Try repair the Library: 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. I would use the option tho check and repair library permissions.

     

    Another method that will often work is to use a back up app to move the Library -  as it were, backing up from your external to your internal. Any back up app that doesn't compress the back will do - Chronosync -

    is one such, but there are many others.

  • 2. Re: Error -36 while importing iPhoto library
    cristinaenrich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your reply, I already repaired the library permissions, and when I open the library from the external hard drive I can see them in iPhoto, but I tried again and it shows me the same message:

    The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “iPhoto Library” can’t be read or written.

    (Error code -36)

     

    I live in China so using  back ups over the internet takes for ever.... any other idea??

  • 3. Re: Error -36 while importing iPhoto library
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    You're not backing up over the Internet...

  • 4. Re: Error -36 while importing iPhoto library
    cristinaenrich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Chronosync is not internet back up? I use carbonite and it is over the internet...

  • 5. Re: Error -36 while importing iPhoto library
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Connect the two Macs so iMac can access the library on your old Mac.  Then try this method:

     

    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library

     

      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button,

        iPhoto Library Manager002.jpg 

        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 Library ➙ Rebuild Library menu option

        iPhoto Library Manager001.jpg

      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the iMac's Picture folder as the destination folder for the new library.
      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.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.

     

     

    OT

  • 6. Re: Error -36 while importing iPhoto library
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    Another method that will often work is to use a back up app to move the Library -  as it were, backing up from your external to your internal.