1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 29, 2009 5:40 PM by Old Toad
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What photos and Albums am I able to delete in iPhoto that will not effect my Gallery photos? When I deleted the 'Albums' and the photos in the 'Photos' under 'Library', in iPhoto, I lost all photos in the albums in my Gallery.

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  • 1. Re: Deleting Photos & Albums In iPhoto Without Effecting Gallery
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)
    You can delete photos from albums, books, calendars without affecting galleries. But if you delete photos from the Photos mode or from Events they will be deleted from your MMe galleries.

    Note: photos in albums, calendars, slideshows, cards and books are virtual and exist only in the library's database files. If you delete a photo from the Photos mode or Event mode ALL occurrences of it in the library will also be deleted.




    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier versions) 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 created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), 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. There are versions that are compatible with iPhoto 5, 6, 7 and 8 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. Just put the application in the Dock and click on it whenever you want to backup the dB file. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.


    NOTE: The new rebuild option in iPhoto 09 (v. 8.0.2), Rebuild the iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup" makes this tip obsolete.


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