1289 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 9, 2010 2:00 PM by Old Toad
SOmetimes an improper disconnect of the external drive causes a phantom drive to be created - properly unmount and disconnect the external drive and in the finder under the GO menu ==> go to folder /Volumes -- there probably is a folder with the name of the external drive - drag it to the desktop and reconnect the external drive and restart - see if option launching iPhoto will now let you access the real library
If it does and everything is ok you can delete the folder from the desktop
Another possibility for the "lost" photos could be a damaged database file if iPhoto was open when the hard drive was unplugged. If iPhoto was writing to the database file at the time it would be damaged. For this scenario backup and launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys depressed to rebuild the library. Select the last three options.
The next fix attempt would be to rebuild the library using iPhoto Library Manager as follows:
Using iPhoto Library Manager to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library
1 -Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
2 -Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your User/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File->Rebuild Library menu option
4 - In the next window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
5 - Click on the Create button.
Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be untouched for further attempts at fixing or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.