14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2011 5:00 PM by unimog
NCMARK Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I went to go open up iPhoto and it isn't in the dock or the applications folder. Where could it be?
  • AnonyMouse Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    You likely inadvertently put in the trash and deleted it, something that I've done before while stoned on some of Humboldt County's (it's in northern California) finest offering.
    But I did have a copy of it on an external hard drive. You do back up your hard drive, don't you? Hmmm?
  • NCMARK Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    No. It was there this morning and then I later when I went to look for it again, it wasn't there. I haven't emptied my trash for a while.

    What are the ways to get it to disappear from the dock? I know that dragging it off and clicking remove from dock put it in the applications folder, but I didn't do any of those. How would it go missing?
  • AnonyMouse Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    You may have dragged iPhoto out of your Applications folder and into another folder.
    Search for it using 'Spotlight' or 'Find Any File' http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/30079/find-any-file
    or 'EasyFind' http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11076/easyfind
    Your iPhoto didn't just fly off into the sunset
    If its not there anymore then you would have to have deleted it; it
    would not just disappear on its own.
  • Stefano Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Happened to me. Not in the Trash. Spotlighted and found nothing. Time Machine saves me once again.
  • Alicia-Boe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok, so what do you do... if by some chance, you ... hypothetically of course... didn't think to use time machine and erhhhh deleted Iphoto by accident???

    It's still in my dock though but has a huge question mark on it, so im not sure i actually DID delete it. But its possible im an idiot

    HELP? Can i get it back? All my photos are still there....
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Hi, Alicia. You should be able to reinstall iPhoto from the Applications disc that came with your MBP.
  • AnonyMouse Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    Alicia-Boe wrote:
    It's still in my dock though but has a huge question mark on it, so im not sure i actually DID delete it. But its possible im an idiot
    HELP? Can i get it back? All my photos are still there....


    I presume that clicking on the question mark in the dock doesn't invoke iPhoto. If you've searched with 'Spotight', 'EasyFind' or 'Find any File' and haven't found it, then you've likely trashed it.
    If you haven't securely deleted your iPhoto app then you may be able to recover it using something like 'Disk Drill: http://www.cleverfiles.com/
    If you can't recover iPhoto then your own photos are lost forever.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Alicia says all her photos are still there, Anonymouse. Only the application is missing, and reinstalling it should give her access to all the photos again.
  • Stefano Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Don't panic. Your photos are there. Do a time machine now then I'll show you how to get a copy of the iTunes application. The photos should be safe but get a backup of everything before you do anything else.
  • AnonyMouse Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    eww wrote:
    Alicia says all her photos are still there, Anonymouse. Only the application is missing, and reinstalling it should give her access to all the photos again.


    OK, If her photos are still there, which would mean they still are on her hard drive somewhere, where can those files be found?
    I'm thinking that if her own photo files are not there then a fresh iPhoto installation will not contain her photo collection.
  • Stefano Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    It's just the app itself that's gone. The photos and other files needed are still there so if you get another copy of the iPhoto.app you'll be back in business. Use Dropbox.com if you need to get it off another computer over the net.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Where the photos are stored depends upon whether Alicia has been using a managed library (iPhoto's default) or a referenced library.

    With a managed iphoto library, all the photos and everything necessary to display, organize, and manipulate them is stored in the iPhoto Library folder inside the user's own Pictures folder. One should never mess with the contents of the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder, or using any application other than iPhoto.

    With a referenced library, the photos are wherever the user has chosen to keep them — which could be anywhere in the internal hard drive or any external storage media — and those locations are recorded by iPhoto so it can retrieve them as needed. One must avoid moving photos once iPhoto has taken note of their locations if one is running a referenced library.
  • Alicia-Boe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    At the risk of sounding computer illiterate....
    When i try to start up time machine it doesnt give me an option of a disk to pick to back everything up on. Its just blank. And then the time capsule option doesn't seem to want to cooperate either.
    MACs are much more confusing then i had anticipated !
  • unimog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    to all may be it 's help

    iLife 09 was install on 01/01 2011, some picture add to iPhoto same day, today 01/11/2011 my iPhoto app. is gone ! ! ! , is no where under any folder,

    I just type "on line" about "iphoto disappeared" and I am right here,

    iPhoto Library was untouched, 532.2 Mb, just reinstall custom install from bundled application disk iPhoto "Upgrade" 876.3Mb, and everything is back the way was on 01/01/2011
    strange anyway,



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