2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2010 2:41 PM by Old Toad
frogonoboe Level 1 (0 points)
On vacation, my wife and each took pictures and then I tried to import them into the same iphoto library. Since we took pictures on the same days, iPhoto seems to have had a problem. None of the pictures from my wife's camera actually showed up in the iPhoto library, in either events or photos. I erased the cards before detecting this problem.

Any ideas?
Does each camera have to have it's own iPhoto library?
Thanks in advance,

iMac Intell core duo2, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4Gig ram and external HD
  • MadisonP Level 5 (4,765 points)

    Sorry to hear about the lost pictures.

    Does each camera have to have it's own iPhoto library?

    Nope. You can import all you like. My guess would be that there was something wrong with the import process (bad data / corrupt media card in camera, low battery power during import, bad connection with camera, etc.)

    Try finding the images on the computer using the File > Find in the Finder as described here: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1995 (maybe they just got misplaced / not fully imported into iPhoto).

    Use the picture in that article as an example. Rather than having "Kind" "Any". Choose "Kind" "Image". This will locate any picture at all on your computer. You can then copy and paste the images into a new folder and then import that folder into iPhoto.

    If you haven't used the camera since you deleted the pictures there is a good chance you can recover the images off the camera using data recovery software.

    Here are a few examples:

    You can contact a local Apple Authorized Provider to see if they offer data recovery services: http://www.apple.com/buy/locator/service/

    There are many nationwide / worldwide data recovery companies out there. Here are a few examples:

    Consider using these best practice tips to avoid or minimize the impact of issues in the future:
    _Reformat the camera's media card using the camera itself between uses (check your camera's manual for how to do this).
    _Ensure your camera has a full charge on the battery before you import (Or run off of AC if possible).
    _Ensure the date and time on the camera are correct before importing.
    _If you are using a media card reader and are getting regular failures, try using a different reader or the camera itself (The same is true about importing directly from the camera. Try a reader instead.)
    _Plug the camera directly into the computer with a solid connection, no loose cables. Don't use a hub.
    _Alternate between multiple media cards during photo shoots (trips, etc) so that if one card goes bad (they are just little bits of plastic after all) you don't lose the entire shoot.

    Hope that helps and best of luck to you.
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,351 points)
    There's a recovery application designed for memory cards titled MediaRECOVER. It's recovered photos from a memory card that I had erased with the camera (but not used in the mean time). It will let you run in demo mode to see what photos it can see and recover before you purchase.