1643 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2009 4:43 AM by sirslabknit
For backup I am using Time Machine. I assume that if ever needed to I could recover from the Time Machine drive. Is that what is meant by "automatic backup"? I have also copied the whole of iPhoto library to my desktop. About 180 Gbytes. Thanks for all advice but I am still uncertain of the route to take.
On my set up which if fully up to date there is no "backup" option when you launch with the option key. There is only a list of photo libraries and an option to create a new library. (I could create a new library and transfer all my photos to it I suppose.)
I copied my Iphoto library which is in the Pictures folder (use Finder) to the desktop just for extra safety.
My iPhoto help says use either Time Machine or the Backup utility, which can be found in Applications.
Thanks again TD.
I have now done a complete rebuild, i.e ticked every box in the rebuild options.
The problem ( which I can live with) persists. When deleting a photo the display does not skip to the next photo. It stays on the deleted photo and you must move to the next photo in the Event with the right cursor key. Having said that the photo is in act deleted properly
I suspect this is an Apple software problem possibly associated with size : 11200 photos 480 events, and 180GB in total.
Maybe Apple read these forums, else I will find a way of reporting to them direct.
That's a large library but iPhoto is rated for more than twice that - i.e. 250,000 images.
It suggests to me that there is this minor corruption in the database, and it's in the back up too.
As the library is large you may not want to go for the next stage:
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.
Terence. Thanks a million.
I created a new library with Iphoto Library Manager. And the problem I had has gone. That is, after deletion of a photo the display now displays the next photo.
The process took about 5 hours and my MacPro is the latest. Quite a task.
The process found a few duplicates but I answered yes to import on these. I can deal with them later. Also it failed to import a small number of files saying they were the wrong format. They were scanned images. No problem with those.
Nor is a problem that books, slideshows or calendars do not appear.
I like the look of the software iPhoto Library Manager. I think I may use it to separate photos into "Good" and "Others".