11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 20, 2013 9:44 PM by Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

Almost all the pics in iPhoto have gone away. I have backup on Time Capsule but need to know the file name where the photos live so I can restore that file. Am I on the right track? What is the name of the file?  Thanks


iPhoto '11
  • 1. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    By default your photos are in a package named iPhoto Library

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,700 points)

    Why do you thing they are all gone?  What do you see in the library when you open iPhoto? It might be that you just need to repair the library.  What version of iPhoto and system are you running?

     

    OT

  • 3. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Dr. Dave Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    Why do I think they are gone? I used to have roughly 1,000 pix but now have only 82. I didn't trash them so ... I use iPhoto '11, ver 9.4.3, OS 10.8.4. Following Toad's lead, I held down Cmd and Opt while launchng iPhoto and performed the first three actions. The last item is Rebuild Database and, for whatever reason, I'm hesitant to do that. Maybe because iPhoto says it is a last step? So what do you think?

  • 4. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Dr. Dave Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    Spotlight doesn't find a folder/file/anything called iPhoto Library.

  • 5. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library database

     

    LN

  • 6. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,700 points)

    Where are you seeing those 82 photos?  In the library when you launch iPhoto. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and select any library displayed in the window. Under the window will the location of the library on the hard drive:

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    Rebuilding the database is the step you should try.  If that fails to let iPhoto view all your photos then do the following. 

     

    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 1: 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 2:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.

  • 7. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Dr. Dave Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    Well, I did all of that. iPhoto Manager found a few more but I am still missing hundreds. So, if I understand, the pox live in Home > Pictures. So I need to go back a couple of weeks in TM, and launch iPhoto to see if they are present. If they are, exit iPhoto and highlight Home > Pictures and click Restore. That get it?

  • 8. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Dr. Dave Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    "pix" not "pox"! Maybe the pox is upon it, though.

  • 9. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    No need to restore the total pictures folder - restore the iPhoto library from a time it was good - and probably a good idea to drag the existing one to the desktop so you have it if you need it

     

    LN

  • 10. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,700 points)
    So I need to go back a couple of weeks in TM, and launch iPhoto to see if they are present.

     

    What you need to do is go back a couple of weeks in TM and restore the library and open it? Is that what you meant by the statement above?

     

    Before you do that give this a try:

     

    Starting over from scratch with new library

     

    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:

     

    1. Open the library package like this.

     

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    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.

     

    3. Drag the subfolders of the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window a few at a time.

     

    iPhotolibcontents.PNG

     

     

    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.

     

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

     

    Also you only need to answer once. Everyone who's posted to this topic will receive a copy regardless who you reply to.

  • 11. Re: Almost all pics disappeared
    Dr. Dave Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    Bingo! That got it. thanks