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HT2638 Iphoto Damaged Library

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May 7, 2013 9:12 PM

I have rebuilt my Iphoto library following all teh instructions many time now and every time i close and re-open it says it is damaged again. How can I make a permeant fix?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,075 points)
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    May 7, 2013 9:22 PM (in response to Silver Lighting)

    Well that would depend on several thing including what version of iPhoto and of the OS you have, exactly what instructions you have followed and that is happening

     

    We only know what you tell us so please share enough information that we can assist

     

    And if you really have followed "all of the instrutions" then it logically follows that there is no possible solution since you have done every thing possible

     

    LN

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,750 points)
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    May 7, 2013 9:37 PM (in response to Silver Lighting)

    And tell, where your iPhoto library is stored. In its default location in the Pictures folder or somewhere else?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,750 points)
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    May 7, 2013 10:10 PM (in response to Silver Lighting)

    Have you by any chance enabled file vault for your home folder? Then your photo libraries may have permission problems when your photo library is inside the vault.

     

    Do you have the same problem with a new iPhoto library? Create a new iPhoto library for testing and add a few images. Does that get corrupted as well? (File > Switch to Library > Other/New)

     

    I'd also test with a new library in a different user account, for example the  guest account.

     

    These tests will tell us, if the problem is with your library, your user account, or some system wide problem.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,495 points)
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    May 8, 2013 9:42 AM (in response to Silver Lighting)

    Have you rebooted since this problem started?   If not do so.

     

    How much free space do you have on the boot drive?.  Also give this fix a try:

     

    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 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.


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

     

     

    OT

  • pkeew Calculating status...
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    Dec 28, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    Sorry to jump in this thread so late. I have been scouring the forums, and this was the most helpful post I could find about using the iPhoto Library Manager.

     

    I am currently rebuilding an iPhoto 9 library using the above steps, but I didn't have enough disk space to save the rebuilt library in the native "Pictures" folder. I am saving it to an external hard drive.

     

    My question is: How should I replace the "damaged" library with the rebuilt library? Is it as simple as dragging it over to the native "User/Pictures" folder? I didn't want to mess up the process at this point.

     

    Thanks for any pointers you can give!

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,495 points)
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    Dec 28, 2013 5:43 PM (in response to pkeew)

    First verify that the rebuild library is fully operational with all of your photos.  Once you do that you can delete the original library and then drag the rebuild library into the Pictures folder.

  • pkeew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 31, 2013 4:56 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    This did the trick! I'm glad it really was that simple.

     

    Thanks so much! I guess all the points for this discussion were already awarded, or I'd give you some more.

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