9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 8, 2013 11:53 PM by Cozza69
CoffeeHouse91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Uploaded pictures today from camera.  Upload went well, dismounted camera properly, and began editing photos.  During the editing process, the screen was enlarged to see detail.  (We just recently purchased the iPhoto faces and are still learning as we go.)  After editing, and while trying to return screen to normal size, iPhoto locked up.  Opted for force quit, but photos are gone.  Computer trash, iPhoto trash, and Time Machine have been checked.  Any ideas on where else to look or are the photos gone?


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • 1. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    Best solution is to restore form your backup form before this occured

     

    (We just recently purchased the iPhoto faces and are still learning as we go.)

    This is confusing since it seems to have nothing to do with the question and there is no purchase for iPhoto faces - it is a part of the iPhoto application nto a pruchased add on or feature

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    lawrence3826 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mine just did this too and now I've lost photos from a whole three week trip. The albums are still in iPhoto, but the pictures are gone.

  • 3. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,790 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    lawrence3826 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm using iPhoto '11 9.4.3 on OS X 10.8.4

     

    Uploaded pictures today from camera.  Upload went well, dismounted camera properly, and began editing photos. After editing, and while iPhoto crashed and quit. I restarted iPhoto, but photos are gone.  Computer trash, iPhoto trash, and Time Machine have been checked.  Any ideas on where else to look or are the photos gone?

  • 5. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,790 points)

    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 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.  

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 6. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    CoffeeHouse91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you to those who were helpful and those who noticed right away that this was our first discussion and pointed out that we have a lot to learn.  We had a family member come over and he was able to recover our photos!  Thank you again for those who chimed in.

  • 7. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    Cozza69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Terrence,

     

    Love your responses, I've tracked back through your threads back to 2011, I'm a middles age Mac newby!! and struggling.  Respect the whole iPhoto function argument, but still have the 'where are my files anxiety happening at this stage.  Sorry to bore you with the same topic, but how did you get to here???

     

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  • 8. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,790 points)

    By using the File -> Open command (or Attach command) in any app.

     

    For help accessing your photos in iPhoto see this user tip:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4491

     

    This User Tip

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4921

     

    has details of the options in the Export dialogue.

  • 9. Re: iPhoto - Photo Recovery
    Cozza69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Every new Mac User needs a Terence, thank you, again very much appreciated.