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Has anyone had trouble viewing alternate iphoto libraries?

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I am trying to open an iPhoto library from an external hard drive which was taken out of a previous macbook.  I am able to successfully do this with another external drive however when I use this one I get this message:

"You can't open your current photo library using this version of Iphoto.  You have made changes to your photo library using a newer version of Iphoto.  Please quit and use the latest version of iphoto."


I have the most recent version of iphoto (downloaded today).  Anyone know how I can get into that iphoto library or import the photos from that library to my current iphoto library?



iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,720 points)

    What format is that external drive?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)

    Select the drive and type Command + i to bring up its Info window.  Make sure it's formatted as shown in this screenshot:




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)

    Try the following:


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    2 - Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #4 followed by Option #1 as needed.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    having OS X version 10.8.4 say nothing at all about the version of iPhoto - many different versions of iPhoto run under Mt Lion


    What versiohn of iPhoto do you have? (the latest is iPhoto '11 version 9.4.3)



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,200 points)
    it's telling me I've edited the iPhoto library with a newer version, despite the fact I've updated my OS to 10.8.4


    Updating the system to 10.8.4 does nothing to iPhoto.  Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    iPhoto 8 (09) and earlier- run the options indicated


    iPhoto 9 (11) and later- run  Option #4 to rebuild the database


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager (iPhoto 8 or earlier or IPhoto 11 and later) and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button and select the library you want to add in the selection window..


    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 (iPhoto 8 or earlier)


    Library ➙ Rebuild Library (iPhoto 9 or later)


    menu option to rebuild the library.


    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.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.


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