8 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2013 12:37 PM by Paul_31
malnew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've upgraded my iphoto app but now can't open it. A message comes up saying I will need to upgrade my iphoto library to use new version of app but when I click on upgrade a further message says "Unable to write to library check that the volume has sufficient disk space." I then have only the option of quitting iphoto. I don't understand what is meant by the check volume message. I have plenty of storage space left on my mac. Any help appreciated.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: problem with iphoto
    Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (55,575 points)

    malnew wrote:

     

    I've upgraded my iphoto app but now can't open it. A message comes up saying I will need to upgrade my iphoto library to use new version of app but when I click on upgrade a further message says "Unable to write to library check that the volume has sufficient disk space." I then have only the option of quitting iphoto. I don't understand what is meant by the check volume message. I have plenty of storage space left on my mac. Any help appreciated.

    How large is you HD and how much space do you have left?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 2. Re: problem with iphoto
    Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,780 points)

    Don't know whether this will help, but it might:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2638?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    Although you shouldn't need it, make sure you have backup of all your photos.

  • 3. Re: problem with iphoto
    malnew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    4g - 2g free

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    malnew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this Paul - I will try  - I've got my photos backed up on a separate hard drive storage

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    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,720 points)

    Are you saying your hard drive is only 4GB in size and you have 2 GB free space left? That's impossible.  Click on the hard drive icon on the Desktop and type Command+i to bring up the Info window.  It will indicate the drive size and the amount of free space:

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    If you only have 2-4 GB free space regardless of the drive size you're in trouble. It's recommended that a minimum of 10 GB free space be maintained for optimal system and application performance. If you let the free space fall any lower you may lockup your iMac and not be able to boot. 

     

    Definitely get an external hard drive and move files off of your boot drive.  You can copy the iPhoto Library to an EHD and operate it from there as one way to free up space.

     

    OT

  • 6. Re: problem with iphoto
    malnew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry Old Toad - got mixed up onmemeory I've got 300 GB free. I used options and command key together and then opening iphoto  got an optio  to repair permissions on iphoto which was successful. Thanks for your help.

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    malnew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Paul thanks for your help.  I used options and command key together and when I opened iphoto I got option to repair iphoto permissions, which was successful.

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    Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,780 points)

    Glad it worked.