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iPhoto Library put into trash - HELP!!!

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Jul 4, 2013 6:26 PM

Good evening everyone and Happy 4th of July!


     Earlier today I accidently put my iPhoto Library file from the Pictures folder into the Trash on the desktop. When I noticed I had done this I used the 'Put Back' feature. I then opened iPhoto but it says there is no library. I tried to import the pictures, rebuild, etc. and nothing worked. Even when I just look at the Pictures folder in the Finder it is completely empty. My iPhoto Library is not gone though; I can see it in places like Import Pictures as a 84 MB package but it is always grayed out.


See attached image.

Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 9.14.00 PM.png


I still have hope someone knows how I can access this. Please help!

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,465 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 7:17 PM (in response to Schaso)

    Triple-click anywhere in the line below to select it:

    ls -@OTaen Pic* | open -f -a TextEdit


    Copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C).


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.


    Paste into the Terminal window (command-V).


    A TextEdit window will open with the output of the command. If the command produced no output, the window will be empty. Post the contents of the TextEdit window (not the Terminal window), if any — the text, please, not a screenshot. The title of the window doesn't matter, and you don't need to post that.


    If any personal information appears in the output, anonymize before posting, but don’t remove the context.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,465 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to Schaso)

    Back up all data.


    You have two items named "iPhoto Library" in the Pictures folder. One of them has an iPhoto icon, and one has a plain icon. Move the one with the plain icon to the Desktop.


    Quit iPhoto if it's running. Double-click the library in the Pictures folder. iPhoto will open it. If all your photos are there, you should be able to delete the item you moved to the Desktop.


    If your photos aren't all there, quit iPhoto again. Move the item in the Pictures folder to the Desktop, and move the one that you previously moved there back to the Pictures folder. Also, rename it to add the suffix ".photolibrary" (without the quotes) to the name. It should then have an iPhoto icon. Repeat the above procedure.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,465 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 5:00 PM (in response to Schaso)

    What about the other library -- did it open? What backups do you have?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,465 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to Schaso)

    Repair or rebuild the library.

    Scavenge the library with iPhoto Library Manager independently of iPhoto (Library Rebuild). Books, calendars, and slideshows won't be preserved.


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