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Empty folder in iphoto - where r my pics?

316 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2013 12:54 AM by Terence Devlin RSS
Asthildur Calculating status...
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May 27, 2013 8:40 AM

OMG!  Just openend iPhoto and in many of the foldes the pictures have just vanished??  What´s going on?  No one has been in the computer except me - the pics were there yesterday??

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    May 27, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to Asthildur)



    Remember: we cannot see your machine. There are 9 different versions of iPhoto and they run on 8 different versions of the Operating System. The tricks and tips for dealing with issues vary depending on the version of iPhoto and the version of the OS.  So to get help you need to give as much information as you can. Basic things like :



    - What version of iPhoto.

    - What version of the Operating System.

    - Details. As full a description of the problem as you can. For instance: 'iPhoto won't export' is best explained by describing how you are trying to export, and so on.

    - History: Is this going on long? Has anything been installed or deleted?

    - Are there error messages?

    - What steps have you tried already to solve the issue.

    - Anything unusual about your set up? Or how you use iPhoto?


    Anything else you can think of that might help someone understand the problem you have.



    Posts that consist of "iPhoto doesn't work. Help" or "iPhoto won't print" or "Suddenly I have no photos!!!!!!!!!!" mean that any helper is simply guessing. More information means you get better assistance.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
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    May 27, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to Asthildur)

    What do you mean by going into some of the old folder?  Were were these folders located?  The only folders in iPhoto are virtual and can only hold albums, other folders or books, cards, etc.


    So we're on the same page;

    This is a folder and only exists in the source pane along with albums, books, etc.


    These are albums:



    An Event is the basic container of iPhoto and are here:



    So can you describe what you did again?




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    May 27, 2013 2:16 PM (in response to Asthildur)

    So, the albums are empty... are the photos in the Events?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    May 27, 2013 3:42 PM (in response to Asthildur)

    Sorry I don't understand your answer. Are the photos still in the Events?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    May 28, 2013 12:54 AM (in response to Asthildur)

    If the photos are missing then restore from your back up.


    Or try and rebuild the database.


    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 





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