1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 15, 2013 3:40 PM by Terence Devlin
bmcc87 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

A year or two ago, I let my brother use IPhoto on my Mac for a summer job that he had, which required him to make a lot of photo slideshows.  Sometime after he was done with his job, I deleted all of his photos out of my Iphoto library.  I tried to delete all his slideshows as well, but I eventually gave up, because any time I tried to even ctrl+click the slideshow to delete, IPhoto would begin to look for all of the photos in the slideshow.  When the program did that, I begin to receive an error message that said "The photo suchandsuchphoto.jpg could not be opened because the original file could not be found."  Then I have the choice to either select "cancel" or "find photo."  The problem with this error message, is that there is no "apply to all" option, which meant that I had to dismiss the message for every single photo in the slideshow before I could do anything else.


In of itself, this was just a slight annoyance, but heres the big problem.  I'm now trying to upgrade to IPhoto 11. While upgrading my photo library, IPhoto has started to look for ALL of these photos.  Now in order to complete the installation process, I'm receiving the same photo not found alert.  So I am having to individually clear  every single one of these messages to finish the installation process.  There are probably thousands of these photos, so it will likely take hours for me to clear every single message one by one.


Is there any sort of work around, or something I could do to avoid having to clear all these messages without losing my entire library?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Trouble Upgrading--Photo Not Found Alert
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In early versions of Library Manager it's the File -> Rebuild command. In later versions it's under the Library menu.)



    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.