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duffergirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am having a persistent problem with iphoto that has been happening since I started using iphoto. I am getting a message that the picture is missing and I am asked to 'cancel' or locate the missing file. I went into my Mac store and they basically sold me an upgrade to '08. Told me it would definitely solve the problem. It didn't.
I took some advice on this forum and created a new library.....I lost a lot of pictures and prior work but I thought it would be worth it to get this product working. Well, it didn't help.
I posted a message on this forum asking for help and, unfortunately, someone else responded that they had an iphoto problem (which was not related to my problem) and the thread went on to that persons questions.
Additionally, occasionally when I am importing photos from my card reader I get the same message...that the picture cannot be found...I have to then point it to the appropriate file on the card. I think this is rather odd and a time consuming effort...I have no idea why this is happening.
My library is managed. I bought specifically my mac specifically to manage my photos...

thanks
Tammy

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iphoto 7.1.5
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords 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.

    Regards

    TD
  • duffergirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi

    Thanks for the quick reply. I have done this once already in the past and it has not solved the problem. Actually, it has gotten worse since the behavour is happening on import as well. Is there anything else you can suggest? Can you suggest why this is happening?
    Will moving to Aperature or Lightroom solve the problem?

    thanks again
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    Are you running a Managed or a Referenced Library?

    If you're running a Managed library, then it's the default setting, and iPhoto copies files into the iPhoto Library when Importing

    If you're running a Referenced Library, then you made a change at iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced and iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing.

    Regards

    TD
  • duffergirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi there

    I have a managed library, it has always been a managed library.

    The problems are intermittent so it makes it harder to figure out what it may be.

    Any ideas?

    thanks
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    Here’s what I can’t get my head around:

    The symptoms you describe are indicative of a damaged database file.

    Rebuilding with iPhoto Library Manager creates a new library, and hence a new database file.

    Yet you immediately have exactly the same symptoms of database corruption in this second, brand new Library.

    Is this correct?

    Are you sure you’re opening the rebuilt library?

    Regards

    TD
  • duffergirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi again,

    If I try this solution an rebuild...what do I need to do to ensure iphoto is pointing to the newly built library? And, subsequently, what are the steps to point back to my original library if this doesn't work?
    Additionally, how much space do I need to create another library? Currently my iphoto library is 39gig.
    By creating a new library, is it a standalone package or does it have pointers to my original library? Can I delete the original library?

    thanks
    Tammy
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    So you’ve not actually done this in the past?

    Rebuilding with iPhoto Library Manager will recreate your Library. It will take up about the same amount of space. (There maybe a difference as some cache files will not be carried over, but created new as needed.)

    It’s a brand new Library it does not have “pointers“ to your original library”.

    Yes, if the rebuilt library works, then by all means trash the original damaged one.

    To select a Library:

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'

    Regards

    TD
  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Humm, I also downloaded iPhoto Library Manager but got scared and did not use it.
    Instead I found in another forum "To do this hold down cmd+opt when opening iPhoto and following the instructions that pop up."
    Indeed it gives you several options to rebuild your iPhoto database.
    I am running it right now (40GB) in the hope it will solve my problem with Aperture not being able to see the Events in my iPhoto database.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    Jan

    I have no idea if this will solve your problem or not. You have jumped into someone else’s thread. Best to post a new thread for your issue.

    Regards

    TD
  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just responded to "iPhoto Library Manager".
    It seems iPhoto has this functionality build in.
    I was not aware of that, and wanted to share that knowledge.

    As for my Aperture poblem, yes I am watching some other threads too.

    Thanks

    Jan
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    The rebuild function in iPhoto is an integrity check of the iPhoto Database.

    The Rebuild function of iPhoto Library Manager is the creation of an entirely new library based on the AlbumData.xml file in the damaged one.

    They are two very different commands.

    Regards

    TD
  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the update on the difference between integrity check and creation of new a iPhoto Library.

    (Btw. the integrity check did not solve my problem)

    Regards,

    Jan
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,465 points)
    Sorry to hear that, but I’ve no idea what your problem actually is.

    Regards

    TD
  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I started a new topic for my problem:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1799455&stqc=true
    Hope you can help.

    Regards,

    Jan
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