1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 19, 2010 2:17 PM by Terence Devlin
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I just uploaded about 1000 pictures to iPhoto and at first it was having trouble recognizing my camera and was acting a bit sluggish. I got all of the photos uploaded but during that process it quit twice unexpectedly.
On the last reboot, there was a message that said that it might be possible to fix the problem if I reset something and relaunched it, but I just chose to relaunch without resetting. Now when I open iPhoto, none of my pictures or albums come up, it just keeps saying "Loading Images" with the scroll spinning next to it.
I tried to trash the pfile, but the problem persists.

*Please help!*

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhoto 6.06
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,630 points)
    Try these in order - from best option on down...

    1. Do you have an up-to-date back up? If so, try copy the library6.iphoto file from the back up to the iPhoto Library allowing it to overwrite the damaged file.

    2. 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.

    3. If neither of these work then you'll need to create and populate a new library.

    To create and populate a new *iPhoto 6* library:

    Note this will give you a working library with the same Rolls and pictures as before, however, you will lose your albums, keywords, modified versions, books, calendars etc.

    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 on your desktop and find the Originals folder. From the Originals folder drag the individual Roll 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.