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asoprovich Calculating status...
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Aug 22, 2013 10:00 AM

Hi - While I was importing some photos from a camera, iphoto crashed and when I reopened it, all my library photos from 2004 on were gone. I read a few threads about rebuilding the library, however, when I choose that function (disk utility), nothing happens. I can see the photos under Pictures and the library is there, I just can't access it in iphoto. I'm using iphoto 6 and OSX 10.6.8. Please help!

 

thanks.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • sterling r Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,240 points)
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    Aug 24, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to asoprovich)

    Howdy asoprovich,

     

    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities!

    The disk utility is not used to rebuild or repair the iPhoto library, rather there is a built in function in iPhoto to assist with that.

    iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2638

     

    I would run through these steps one by one until the issue is resolved.

    Cheers,

    Sterling

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 24, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to asoprovich)

    Disk Utility isn't used in rebuilding an iPhoto Library. Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:

     

    Fix #1

     

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.

     

    iPhotorebuild.PNG

     

    Select the options identified in the screenshot

     

    Fix #2

     

    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library

     

      1. Download IPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.

     

    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

     

     

     

    OT

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 24, 2013 1:54 PM (in response to asoprovich)

    Yes.  The link I posted for iPLM is for the older version that works with older systems.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to asoprovich)

    Are you using the older version of iPhoto Library Manager?  If so click on Add Library, go to the Pictures folder, select the library folder and add. That's it. The window will look like this:

    Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 9.00.08 AM.jpg

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 9:50 AM (in response to asoprovich)

    Does the contents of your library folder have all of the same elements as in this screenshot of my iPhoto 6 library folder?

    Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 9.48.52 AM.jpg

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:13 AM (in response to asoprovich)

    That looks OK.  What is showing in the left hand pane of iPLM?  What is listed as Default in your screenshot?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to asoprovich)

    Remove that default from iPLM, close everthing, reboot, launch iPLM again and try to add the library again.

     

    If that fails contact the developer for some help.  He's very responsive.

     

    Otherwiese you can try the following:

     

    Starting over from scratch with new library

     

    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:

     

    1. Open the library package like this.

     

    open.PNG

     

     

    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.

     

    3. Drag the subfolders of the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window a few at a time.

     

    iPhotolibcontents.PNG

     

     

    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.

     

    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:25 AM (in response to asoprovich)

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