8765 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 11, 2009 4:09 PM by jberry
is the back-up something that i would have created?
Yes. Your photos are important to you so, of course, you have an up-to-date back up. An up-to-date back up will have all your albums and books.
There is no way to "restore" from a rebuild. A rebuild means just that: you build your database again.
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.
If that doesn't 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.
dumb question now...can you give me the steps to restore a back-up that's on my external hard drive. i can't open up iPhoto without the error. when i "option iPhoto" it asks if i want to create or choose a library...with either choice, the back-up is grayed out so i don't think i can click on it. can you walk me through restoring a back-up. thanks