4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 6:15 PM by LarryHN
scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)

My Library shows a lot of "lost" photos. No thumbnail. Can't edit. I can get info and find the file name. The iPhoto "search" doesn't find it by that name, but the Finder Spotlight does. Is there any way to re-associate those pictures and movies? Thanks.


OS X Mountain Lion, Chill. Life is short. Your answers should be, too.
  • 1. Re: Lost Photos
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    Actually short is not always good

     

    Like we need to know what version of  iPhoto you have - details like what you mean by no thumbnail (why do you even think there is a photo if there is no thumbnail) - what happens when you edit - if there is no thumbnail; how do you "get info" - what path does the finder spotlight show for the photos?

     

    Since we only know what you tell us details and facts are absolutely critical

     

    One general guess is to backup your iPhoto libraray, depress the option and command keys , launch iPhoto and rebuild your database

     

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: Lost Photos
    scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)

    Latest version, running in Mountain Lion. When viewing the pictures in the Main Window, one gets thumbnails (that can be resized with the slider). Those only show a dashed border where the picture or movie should be.

     

    I rebuilt the database, and now spotlight cannot find them. The database is on a secon external HD. Since I do not know when it happened, I would be hard pressed to try to get them back with Time machine.

  • 3. Re: Lost Photos
    scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)

    The photos are in "Recovered Photos", btw, and a rebuild of Library didn't help. Photos seem to be in "Masters" folder of iPhoto Library.

  • 4. Re: Lost Photos
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    download iPhoto library manager and use it's rebuild command - this creates a totally new library leaving your existing one untouched

     

    LN