3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 8, 2010 8:57 AM by LarryHN
laurel922 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Please help!
I just imported photos to my computer, erased originals, then read the following message on my computer "Your photo library is damaged or unreadable and cannot be opened. Please restore from a backup." I noticed earlier today that I haven't backed up my computer in 71 days. Please tell me I haven't lost all of the photos I have imported since then.

Ideas?

macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,725 points)
    1 - if your photos (and other data) are important to you you must always have a current backup - things will happen

    2 - Don't use that camera card until you finish - you may need it for the latest set of photos

    3 - make a copy of your bad library for safety and depress the option and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild from the last automatic database backup

    4 - if that does not do it use the other rebuild options

    5 - if that does not do it download iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ - and use its rebuild option

    Good luck

    LN
  • laurel922 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks so much for your help. I am planning to try your suggestions but have a few questions. When you say make a copy of my bad library, should I just use time machine with my external drive like I usually (but not in the last 71 days) do? Also, when I rebuild as you suggested (#3), do you think my most recent photos will be there? I just tried to "insert photo" on Word and it does show the most recently imported photos. I am just hoping I won't lose them. (I imported from 2 different cameras in the last few days.)

    Again, thanks for your help. I will be backing up on a more regular basis after this. Learning the hard way...
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,725 points)
    Thanks so much for your help. I am planning to try your suggestions but have a few questions. When you say make a copy of my bad library, should I just use time machine with my external drive like I usually (but not in the last 71 days) do?


    TM is ok but for this if you have disk space I would just duplicate the iPhoto library as an extra measure until you complete this

    AS to TM - you really need to have it going all the time - it is a great tool but if you only run it once in a while it is virtually useless - the time you need it (maybe now) it will not have what you need



    Also, when I rebuild as you suggested (#3), do you think my most recent photos will be there?


    We have no idea - that is why you need a current backup at all times - rebuilding does what it can but sometimes it can not save some photos - the only way to find out is to do it - and that is why you need a current backup just before you do it

    I just tried to "insert photo" on Word and it does show the most recently imported photos. I am just hoping I won't lose them. (I imported from 2 different cameras in the last few days.)


    that is good


    Again, thanks for your help. *I will be backing up on a more regular basis after this*. Learning the hard way...


    YES!

    LN