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can i import "all images" into iphoto to create a new library?

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somehow about 4000 photos out of 10000 disappeared when I moved to the newest iphoto and attached my external hard drive with the old iphoto library to it and switched between libraries using alt to open it.  i was unable to get iphoto to see the missing 4000 even though they were in all images.

i went to all images on the new mac and dragged it into iphoto and created a new library.

it seemed to work but then a few hours later when i looked at my photos they are all just faces!!!!!!!! and in all images the photos are all just faces too.

what on earth is this?

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)

    What on earth is this? It is what you told iPhoto to do  --  All images is jsut that - a list of all images on yoru computer - all photos (two ro three versionsof each in iPhoto), the faces thumbnails, and probably icons and other images that have nothing to do with iPhoto - basically the library you created doing that is worthless and you might as well trash it

     

    Going back to the propblem you are trying to solve - how about some details? What version of iPhoto and or the OS? What version of iPhoto did you have before? What format is the external drive?

     

    somehow about 4000 photos out of 10000 disappeared when I moved to the newest iphoto and attached my external hard drive with the old iphoto library to it and switched between libraries using alt to open it.

     

    Can you provide soem more details about these statements?

     

    until there is more information a guess is to depress teh option key and launch iphoto switching back to the library on the external drive - quit iPhoto and Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library  database

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)

    then

     

    to depress the option key and launch iphoto switching back to the library on the external drive - quit iPhoto and Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library  database

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)

    We are in a loop

     

    iPhoto did not turn anything into anything - it simply imported what you told it to - all images

     

    As My first post explained

     

    All images is just that - a list of all images on your computer - all photos (two or three versions of each in iPhoto), the faces thumbnails, and probably icons and other images that have nothing to do with iPhoto

    No bug - simply user error

     

    And in the same post I suggested a fix - now several posts later you say taht you tried that prior to ever posting - in order to avoid continuing to expain things and to make suggestions that you have already tried please list what you have tried and please read the responses so we do not loop back and ask the same questions again

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,070 points)

      i am trying to understand why so many of my photos in the library seem to be just faces

    Because you imported the face thumbnails into iPhoto as noted several times

    As My first post explained

     

     

    All images is just that - a list of all images on your computer - all photos (two or three versions of each in iPhoto), the faces thumbnails, and probably icons and other images that have nothing to do with iPhoto

     

    No bug - simply user error

    Yes you can create a new library from the photos in the masters folder

     

    But first try to rebuild the database again - if that does not work this time download iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ -  and use it's rebuild command and see how it does - that will create a totally new liberary leaving your existing one untouched so you can go back to it if needed

     

    LN

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