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My albums are corrupted across all backup libraries - album file caching?

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Jan 4, 2009 11:47 AM
I have 2 backup files of my iPhoto Library. I have a third LaCie "rugged" portable hard drive that I wanted to copy another backup of the iPhoto Library to. When I did this successfully and opened it, there were "no photos", but the file was 40+ gigs and the photos are there when you dig into the library's folders.
So, I went back to the hard drive that I copied the library from, opened that library, and now this library also has "no photos", but the same 40+ gigs. I have around 40 organized albums and many slideshows that are lost.
SO, I went back to a 3rd LaCie external hard drive which has another backup copy of the library on it, from 2 weeks prior to this incident. It should be noted that this 3rd hard drive is giving me a notice that it is "operating with limited functionality (no writing to files) and should be backed up immediately". So, I figured since no files were able to be changed on this copy of the library, it would have all the albums intact. Not the case.
It should also be noted that in the meantime I had, on my "rugged" hard drive, made changes to the library with "no photos" - I made 3 albums with old photos to show the family over xmas, thinking that I had this 3rd backup at home and would just get rid of this bad library.
However, now when I open this supposedly unwrite-able library file from my 3rd hard drive, it now shows the same 3 albums that are on my most recently updated library from that "rugged" hard drive. The rugged hard drive was not connected to my mac when I opened my final backup copy of my library on the 3rd hard drive.
Thus, I think there is some type of caching going on in the iPhoto Library program on the actual powerbook, such that every library I open it is using the same, most recent album file... Is this possible?
Any Ideas on how to get my albums/slideshows back from that 3rd copy of my library (which shouldn't be corrupted since it can't be written to), and how to stop this from happening again?
Many Thanks in Advance!
Erik
12" Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.6)

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