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jap0nica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 4, 2013 8:18 AM

My MacMini HD was getting dangerously full so I moved my entire iPhoto library over to my MiniStack external drive.  Since doing so, I am able to display mulitiple photographs within their folders, but if I click on an individual image to open for editing, a plain black screen opens with no photo.  Same thing occurs if I select 'slideshow'.  This is very worrying.  Advice please!

Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 4, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    What format is your "MiniStack" external drive?

     

    How did you "move" iPhoto library to the external drive?

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 4, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    No except the directions that experianced users here give always include tully testing your library in the new location prior to deleting the old one - things do go wrong sometimes

     

    What version of iPhoto do you have?

     

    Try Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    May 4, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    If running iPhoto 9 (11) 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.

     

    OT

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 4, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    Ok you have iPhoto '09 version 8.1.2 - Do each option one at a time except rebuild thumbnails until you get a working database

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    May 4, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:

     

    Fix #1

     

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

     

    iPhotorebuild.PNG

     

    Select the options identified in the screenshot

     

    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 but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 4, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    You do not backup the program - you backup the data -

    Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library

    It is critical since things can go wrong - Time Machine is a good backup but for this I sugest duplicating the iPhoto library if you have disk space as an added security - once things are finished and working you can delete the backup copy

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 5, 2013 7:43 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    Not sure what you did but rebuilding does not require an upgrade

     

    Exactly what did you do? Exactly what error message are you getting?

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    May 5, 2013 8:09 AM (in response to jap0nica)

    1 - of course you have a backup in case of problems - bad things do happen

     

    2 - there is no implication that it will not work with the current version - it clearly says that it must be upgraded to work with the version you have

     

    and that once upgraded it will not work with previous versions

     

    However I am concerned as to why yu are getting that since nothing you have done should cause the library to need to be upgraded

     

    So all you did was depres sthe option and command keys and launch iphoto nad select the repair permissions selection? Nothing else?

     

    LN

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