Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2013 6:03 PM (in response to ADillMN)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2013 6:14 PM (in response to Old Toad)
Thanks for the quick response. The external drive is formated to Mac OS Extended (journaled) with the ignore ownership box checked.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 8:30 AM (in response to ADillMN)
If you have room on the EHD select the next to last backup to restore and see if it can be recognized by iPhoto.
I'd also try this: create a new empty folder, open the library with the Finder and move all of the files in the library into the new folder. Now see if iPhoto will recognize the new folder as a library.
Alos download and run iPhoto Library Manager to see if it will recognize the library.
There's something going on that prevents iPhoto from seeing it as a legitimate library. This screenshot shows all of the files in my iPhoto library. The highlighted file is a result of using iPhoto Library Manage on the library and won't be in your library.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 10:10 AM (in response to ADillMN)
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I replaced the hard drive and restored the iPhoto Library from Time Machine (went into time machine, selected the last back-up, and selected restore).
As OldToad suggests, as the drive was failing, it may have damaged the library, that damage got backed-up, and you restored the damaged copy. Restoring an earlier version may well work.
But if his suggestions don't help, are you sure TM really restored it? Sometimes there are permissions problems with the iPhoto library, and you get a message to that effect, but it's in a fairly small window and folks sometimes miss it; then TM stops restoring, leaving just the empty package (a special kind of folder), not any of the contents.
That probably shouldn't happen when restoring to a volume that doesn't enforce ownership, though, so I'm not sure what's going on.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 10:55 AM (in response to ADillMN)
Try this: launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and create a new, test library on the EHD. Import some photos and test to make sure it works as expected. If it does there's a last ditch effort method of regaining your photos but will lose all your organizational efforts, i.e. keywords, faces, places, books, slideshows, etc. If you get to that point post back and I'l post the workflow.
If you can't create a new library then there may be something amiss with the applicaiton.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 6:19 PM (in response to Old Toad)
Thanks for all the suggestions. After trying them all with no luck, I have simply started fresh and imported all the photos from the "Masters" folder in my old iPhoto library. As you mentioned, I lost the events, faces, etc, but at leaset I have all of my photos. In the end, I removed iPhoto and reinstalled it. That still did not allow it to recognize any of my backed up libraries, but it at least is loading all of my photos.
I appreciate the time you both took to provide ideas.