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My iphoto library has disappeared. How do I find it?

67706 Views 157 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2014 5:58 AM by clodo9 RSS
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)

    Download and use Find Any File to search for a file named "iPhoto6.Library".  It's a file unique to all iPhoto libraries. 


    FAF an search areas that Spotlight can't like invisible folders, packages and system files.  If there's another iPhoto library hiding somewhere on your hard drive FAF will find it.



  • jrsurfs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank OT, but the Apple advisors tried the customized search route and no additional iPhoto6.Library file was located.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 12:18 PM (in response to jrsurfs)

    What did they use?  If they just used Spotlight they could have missed it.

  • jrsurfs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Spotlight, but for God's sake it was Apple you'd think they know what they're doing!

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,895 points)

    Not really - we get quiet a few people here where Apple Geniuses and advisors have made bad mistakes


    I guess I totally agree that You'd think they know what they are doing - but never assume it



  • jrsurfs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Duly noted Larry but that iPhoto Library is still missing.  The drive is with a data recovery company now otherwise I'm afraid the love of my life would be leaving me now.  I'm still dumbfounded as to how this library file just disappeared.

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    Mar 13, 2014 9:18 PM (in response to jrsurfs)

    I had something similar happen to me. I was mucking about with parental controls, and it somehow prevented one user account from seeing the iphoto pics on the admin account (in retrospect, I wish I had never created 2 accounts on the same Mac- it's been more trouble than it's worth). I thought the library had disappeared, and neither Find any File (mentioned above) or spotlight could find it, but when I switched over to the other account, there it was. I removed parental controls, gave the user admin privilges, and the library came back. It might be time to pick up an old Polaroid camera again and just avoid all these headaches.

  • clodo9 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    very long story very short:

    i call it the "gold nugget backup":


    -buy a stack of the best quality DVD+R

    -buy a few DVD+RW  ( rewritables ) for practicing

    -backup ( for iPhoto, using "File",  "Export"  lotta options there, hence the "practicing" ) what you would NEVER want to LOSE on a DVD+R

    -make copies of that DVD that you will leave at friend or relative's place


    P.S.: I will make this a ( much ) longer story if anyone ( ) dares to vilify this method that will prevent terrible grief to many users !

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