11 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2013 5:20 AM by Lelesiculo Branched to a new discussion.
Ann_in_Vegas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

"Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened. Please restore from a backup."

 

 

THIS IS THE MESSAGE i just got!! i was importing photos off my digital camera.

I  NEVER HAVE HAD A PROBLEM BEFORE?

And i got this message..

 

as far as "back up" uhhhh never did that on my I photos pictures. what can i do!?!

 

Ann L

 

LasVegas


iPhoto '08, Mac OS X (10.5.8), hoping someone can help me
  • 1. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,855 points)

    Using iPhoto 08?

     

    Easiest solution: restore from your back up. When you say "uhhhh never did that on my I photos pictures" then you're telling us that you don't really care about them. Only a fool has any important data on a computer without a back up.

     

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    Try these in order - from best option on down...

     

    1. Do you have an up-to-date back up? If so, try copy the library6.iphoto file from the back up to the iPhoto Library (Right Click -> Show Package Contents) allowing it to overwrite the damaged file.

     

    2. Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)

     

    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. 

     

    3. If neither of these work then you'll need to create and populate a new library.

     

    To create and populate a new *iPhoto 08* library:

     

    Note this will give you a working library with the same Events and pictures as before, however, you will lose your albums, keywords, modified versions, books, calendars etc.

     

    In the iPhoto Preferences -> Events Uncheck the box at 'Imported Items from the Finder'

     

    Move the iPhoto Library to the desktop

     

    Launch iPhoto. It will ask if you wish to create a new Library. Say Yes.

     

    Go into the iPhoto Library (Right Click -> Show Package Contents) on your desktop and find the Originals folder. From the Originals folder drag the individual Event Folders to the iPhoto Window and it will recreate them in the new library.

     

    When you're sure all is well you can delete the iPhoto Library on your desktop.

     

    In the future, in addition to your usual back up routine, you might like to make a copy of the library6.iPhoto file whenever you have made changes to the library as protection against database corruption. 

  • 2. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    Sdk022769 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the detailed info. I will attempt this when I recover from the last three days of frustration and failure by this and similar issues relative to other applications.

     

    Am I the only person out there who gets insensed by the fact that a) these types of disasterous events occur on a fairly regular basis without warning or explanation, b) Apple does not have the slightest reservation about releasing untested or inadequate products that they neither have tools or solutions to repair when these things occur, and c) an entire cottage industry has been built by others to appropriately enhance, fix and rebuild the resulting damage from Apple's limited, shoddy, bare bones and largely inadequate programs. This almost always requires frustrated customers to spend additional money that they really shouldn't have to.

     

    OK, things happen. But these failures are occuring with ever increasing frequency and magnitude and the costs are great in terms of continuous frustration, days on end of time wasted on attempting to correct issues and restore huge amounts of data and not being able to access and have the use of your data housed in these "libraries". Haven't used my iPhoto in over a month and it was just fine until I attempted to use it earlier this week and the above issue occured. The 37Gb iPhoto library then somehow disappeared from the Pictures folder and morphed into a 6kb package that was equally useless. When I went to a backup, I got another error message telling me iPhoto could not use a backup as the main library so I created a new empty library to use as the main, tried the backup again and got a similar error regarding not being able to use a backup copy in the app. Then went into Time Machine, located the latest working backup and was instructed to restore it to the current Pictures folder at which point it began copying the backup library to that location and informed me it would take 2 days to complete. Great news! Instead of two days, it only took 17 hours. I then opened iPhoto with the restored library and am right back where I started with the same error message: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened. Please restore from a backup." I could go to earlier backups one at a time but with the 17 hour run time, it's a bit much...

  • 3. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    1 - you need to take some classes and lean how to your your computer

     

    2 - iPhtoo libraries do not morph into anything - if it "morphed" then you or another user of yorucomputer did comething to "morph" it

     

    3 - you do not use backups - you restore them - and it sounds like you have made the poor choice of having your backupp on a wireless connection hence the long restore time

     

    4 - if you would like help then you must post details including the version of iPhoto and of the OS that you have along with exact error messages and details about what happens

     

    5 - you will be a lot more successful getting help if you stop the editorializing and RANTing and stice to revelent facts - you gave =lots of the bad stuff and nothing to actaully let someone help you

     

    6 - if you do not like iPhjo0to (or anuy other program) then the really simple solution is to NOT use it

     

    LN

  • 4. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,405 points)

    Sdk022769 wrote:

     

    ... Then went into Time Machine, located the latest working backup and was instructed to restore it to the current Pictures folder at which point it began copying the backup library to that location ... I then opened iPhoto with the restored library and am right back where I started with the same error message: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened. Please restore from a backup."

    It is possible that Time Machine had backed up the broken library while you were working with it and you simply restored the broken library from your backup. I suggest that you go into Time Machine again and locate an earlier backup, perhaps a backup made well in advance of the time when you first experienced problems with running iPhoto.

     

    I am having trouble understanding why 37 GB took 17 hours to restore. Are you using a wireless connection for your backups? Can you switch that to USB 3?  I have noticed Time Machine runs on my daughter's Macbook Air at about 3 GB per minute via USB. So the backup or restore of 37 GB would be about ~ 10 or 12 minutes.

     

    If in fact you are using USB, then I suggest you should run DIsk Utility or Disk Warrior or TechTool Pro or an equivalent program to check both your internal disk and the backup disk, because one of them is running much slower than it should. In that case, disk errors might have caused the iPhoto problems you experienced in the first place.

  • 5. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    sdc0001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello

     

    I'd like to ask a quick question if I may...my iPhoto library (116GB in size operating on a MacBook Pro OS X with iPhoto '09) got too full and as a result has been opening but not responding (spinning wheel only) for the last few days. I read your advice online and downloaded iPhoto Library Manager and began to rebuild the library. I had to stop the rebuild before it was finished as there were still space/storage issues. I have now moved the new (almost-rebuilt) iPhoto library onto an external hard drive. Do you know if I can resume / continue the rebuild from where I left off or should I start the process all over again?

    Many thanks and appreciate your help.

  • 6. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,855 points)

    Start over.

  • 7. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    sdc0001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you

  • 8. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    Sdk022769 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    steve626 wrote:

     

    Sdk022769 wrote:

     

    ... Then went into Time Machine, located the latest working backup and was instructed to restore it to the current Pictures folder at which point it began copying the backup library to that location ... I then opened iPhoto with the restored library and am right back where I started with the same error message: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened. Please restore from a backup."

    It is possible that Time Machine had backed up the broken library while you were working with it and you simply restored the broken library from your backup. I suggest that you go into Time Machine again and locate an earlier backup, perhaps a backup made well in advance of the time when you first experienced problems with running iPhoto.

     

    POINT TAKEN, STEVE.

     

    I am having trouble understanding why 37 GB took 17 hours to restore. Are you using a wireless connection for your backups? Can you switch that to USB 3?  I have noticed Time Machine runs on my daughter's Macbook Air at about 3 GB per minute via USB. So the backup or restore of 37 GB would be about ~ 10 or 12 minutes.

     

    YOU'RE CORRECT ABOUT THAT STEVE. I FOUND THIS OUT RIGHT AFTER I POSTED WHEN, REALIZING I HAD A BUNCH OF FIREWIRE DRIVES IN MY SETUP, I GRABBED ONE OF MY BACKUP VOLUMES THAT I'D BEEN RUNNING WIRELESSLY AND PLUGGED IT INTO MY IMAC. I WAS THEN ABLE TO RETRIEVE ANOTHER BACKUP IN ABOUT 10-12 MINUTES. OVER THE SUMMER, I'D MOVED ALL THE EXTERNAL DRIVES (INCLUDING TIME CAPSULE DISK) TO ONE CENTRAL LOCATION TO RECLAIM DESK SPACE. BACKUPS CONTINUED RUNNING ON SCHEDULE AND I'VE GENERALLY ONLY NEEDED TO RESTORE A SINGLE FILE OR FOLDER, NOT A LARGE DATABASE SO IT WAS NEVER AN ISSUE BEFORE WITH THE WIRELESS SETUP. THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT.

     

    If in fact you are using USB, then I suggest you should run DIsk Utility or Disk Warrior or TechTool Pro or an equivalent program to check both your internal disk and the backup disk, because one of them is running much slower than it should. In that case, disk errors might have caused the iPhoto problems you experienced in the first place.

  • 9. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    Lelesiculo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Terence,

     

    i allow myself to interfere one sec in this discussion although i am well aware of the fact that the question i'd love to ask you doesn't have directly to do with the topic you guys are talking about here...the thing is: it sounds like you know your way pretty well in "iphoto's world" (definitely far better than i do), i've tried to get in touch with you via mail (i thought it was possible between members of apple community) but somehow i didn't find a way...

     

    So, i already apologize for beeing so intrusive!

     

    My question would be: i have over 12.000 pics stored in iphoto (for mac), for all the pics i've been taking with digital cameras or iphone, the problem of metadata (for me date and location, more than anything else, are crucial) is quite automatically solved...for all those pics that i've been scanning from original/old versions on paper, i use the option iphoto gives us to re-set the metadata (events, set date and time, modify originals)...well, in iphoto everything seems to be working just fine, meaning that the pics are exactly in the order i need them to be, BUT when i sync them with my other devices (iphone, ipad) the events look quite the same and in the same order i have in iphoto on mac, but the result in this new feature of ios7 called "moments" is quite a chaos, because all the pics seem to respond to an old "metadata" input, and not the one i thought i've set on iphoto...example: let's say i make a scan of a pic today, but that picture was taken in 1978, so i set the "metadata" properties as i want with iphoto, but in moments this pic will show up in the current year, in the current day etc etc, not in '78 as it would make sense for me...

     

    Do you have any idea whether there is a solution for this kind of issue?!?

     

    Once again, sorry for interrupting this discussion you're having! But reading your comments was like a seeing "light in the dark", after having looked for solutions in variuos forums and so on...

     

    Many many thanks in advance for your attention, with my best regards...

     

    D

  • 10. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    I'd ask that in the IOS forum since thing are fine in iPhoto for Mac but you need answers on the IOS side

     

    LN

  • 11. Re: "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened"
    Lelesiculo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you, larry!

     

    the thing is (i'm possibly very wrong), that the problem is "visible" in ios7 but, i think, has is "original cause" in iphoto for mac and its way to put/change metadata in pics...

     

    i guess that "moments" for ios7 is only reacting to the information it gets from the mac...

     

    but i'll try on ios side as well...

     

    thanks and have a nice day...

     

    d