4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2013 3:07 AM by Peace Freak!
Peace Freak! Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

I recently was asked to move a friend's iPhoto library to a different user account on the same computer.


At first we thought the move was successful, but on closer examination we found that the though the thumbnails were all viewable, a good portion of the full size pics could not be seen. Instead of the pictures there was the triangular warning sign with an exclamation mark...


I ran Library First Aid by holding down Command Option when launching iPhoto with all the items checked. That fixed things but now we have noticed that all of the captions that were typed in are missing! This was days and days of work, now all gone! Unfortunately, there was not a backup!


I have a hunch that the captions might still be within iPhoto but I don't know were to look to find them. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might resolve this?

  • 1. Re: iPhoto Captions Gone!
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    What version of iPhoto?


    How did you do this move?

  • 2. Re: iPhoto Captions Gone!
    Peace Freak! Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    I believe it is version 9.2.3, which I believe it the most recent version for use with Snow Leopard.


    I copied the iPhoto iPhoto Library in Pictures to an external drive. I then removed the iPhoto folder from the directory on the new user's account and then put the iPhoto Library with all the data in its place.


    I launched iPhoto, while holding down the Option key and selected the just copied iPhoto directory.


    Thanks in advance...

  • 3. Re: iPhoto Captions Gone!
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    Well the damage was probably done when you either copied to or from the external, which is unfortuate as that was unnecessary. Dragging to the Users/Shared folder and the switching users and dragging from there would have entailed no copying at all.


    Worth a try:


    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.

  • 4. Re: iPhoto Captions Gone!
    Peace Freak! Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    Wanted to get back to you sooner on this but didn't get a chance to visit my friend again till today.


    Excellent solution. Did not get all the captions but amazingly a good deal of them appeared! Though the result is not perfect, my friend is happy. It also fixed some other minor problems (some full size pictures were not appearing when clicking on a thumbnail).


    My friend has decided set up a backup system, which is a good thing.


    Thank you Terrance!