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Sean L. Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
I just upgraded to iLife '08. After opening iPhoto '08 I began editing Events. After some merging and adding titles I got this error:

+"An error occurred while trying to save your photo library"+

My iPhoto Library is on a networked drive connected to another Mac. Both Macs are on the same switch and there appears to be no issues copying and deleting files and folders outside of iPhoto. Even inside iPhoto, this error is inconsistent, it happens on some changes and not others. I've had this setup for about three years with no issues in previous versions of iPhoto.

Mac G4 400, 450DP, 14" iBook G3, Mac Mini G4, Mac Mini Core Duo, iLife '08, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • aegisarts Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Same problem here... But my Library is on a PC Server, yet with previous version I had no problem with this setting...

    I've managed to 'minimize' this problem by:

    1. Run iPhoto with Option-Command and select Repair Library Permissions.
    2. Run Disk Utility and do a Repair Permissions as well.
    3. Do the equivalent on my PC Server (Chkdsk)

    This is NOT a solution, as the problem persists... But I've found that I can at least use iPhoto with much less of those errors. Oh, and when the error ocurrs, close and restart iPhoto...

    Good Luck.
  • aegisarts Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Same problem here... But my Library is on a PC Server, yet with previous version I had no problem with this setting...

    I've managed to 'minimize' this problem by:

    1. Run iPhoto with Option-Command and select Repair Library Permissions.
    2. Run Disk Utility and do a Repair Permissions as well.
    3. Do the equivalent on my PC Server (Chkdsk)

    This is NOT a solution, as the problem persists... But I've found that I can at least use iPhoto with much less of those errors. Oh, and when the error ocurrs, close and restart iPhoto...

    Good Luck.
  • Sean L. Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    I've temporarily moved my library to my main HD and in about 12 hours of use I've only gotten the error once. It seems like iPhoto '08 needs to hit the HD a lot!
  • Jeff Greenberg Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
    Fixing permission doesn't seem to have any effect for me. This is a major disadvantage of iPhoto 7. Foolishly, I was expecting the new iPhoto be be better about supporting network storage not worse !

    Message was edited by: Jeff Greenberg
  • henni2007 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I have the same error coming up constantly using an internal drive. So i don't think it's network depending. Apple whats up here? Never had a single problem with iPhoto 6.
  • aegisarts Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I can confirm that my previous solution is crap and will not work. And I can confirm that the problem does occur on Networked drives as well as Local drives as well, but a 100 times less frequently.

    When I did the repair permissions I had no problems for about 2 days, but then they came back. I did the procedure again, but this time it didn't seem to make an effect.

    Interestingly, doing a Restart of the computer allowed me again to work in iPhoto without the error popping up immediately...

    It is so sad to upgrade to a whole new version of problems...
  • Ton Markus Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    I'm experiencing the same problem(s),but with some additional twists.

    I share a MacBook with my girlfriend. The macBook is connected to an airDisk (USB drive connected to Airport Extreme). After starting up the MacBook, whoever happens to use the iPhoto library on the airDisk first has no problems. The other one has the "can't save"-errors. This happens even when the first user has quit iPhoto before the second user starts it up.

    To make matters worse, I also have a G5 desktop connected to the airDisk, and that doesn't even recognize the iPhoto Library on the airDisk (alt-click to start up iPhoto and connect to different library than the standard one, but the library on the airDisk is greyed out and impossible to select.)

    Hopefully there will be an answer to this soon...
  • dage007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem here. Network drive has all the iphoto pics on it. Everytime I try to make a new event from the library, about 10 seconds after I type in the name of the event I get this error. Of course after spending time creating the new events, when iphoto is restarted the new events are not there. What a waste of time...

    I tried it from the mac that is accessing the drive remotely and also from the mac that is directly connected to the drive and it happens no matter what. I can't recall it happening right out of the box so I might see if it occurs without the iphoto update.
  • dmadeo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I keep all of my photos on a NAS drive so that I have RAID protecting them. I was a little miffed when it went through and resorted all the photos into the bundled directory, but I can still get at the raw photos.

    Now it seems to have misplaced all the photos. The originals are still there, hidden away, but I'm loathe to reload them all into this again
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,575 points)
    There's a strong chance that the problem is the format of the server. Event though the Mac can read and write to FAT formatted drives, there are file name length issues that can really mess up a library or other files.

    If you really want to have an error free setup use a server that's formatted for Mac OS X (journaled).

    Do you Twango?


    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've written an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.
  • capuni Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Running into the same error after upgrading to iLife 08. I get the error message with just about everything I do. My library and photos are on a networked drive and it worked flawlessly with the previous version of iPhoto
  • Starcrazy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem here. After installing iPhoto 08 I am getting same error message when trying to work with a library stored on my external USB hard disk. Pretty annoying as I have spent already hours trying to fix the problem...
  • capuni Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I gave up trying to get iPhoto to work on my network drive (formatted as osx extended journaled). Went out and bought a little 120 GB Western Digital USB Passport drive. I reformatted the drive to osx extended journaled and copied my library over. iPhoto is now working great. Unfortunate that I couldn't solve the network drive issue.
  • Jeff Greenberg Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
    My server is HFS+ Journaled and still gives this error.
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