1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 10, 2011 10:52 AM by Old Toad
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I have recently installed Iphoto '11 and been running with it for a couple of days (after rebuilding the old Iphoto Library). I have my photo library running on a external network hard disc, but today my MAC shut all applications down, and after restarting Iphoto again it seems the DB-file is corrupt, it only shows 637 pictures, but I have 18.000+ pictures lying on the hard disc (the files on the hard disc are still there, it shows 94gb of pictures).

I have tried rebuilding using Iphoto Library Manager, but it only rebuilds the 637 pictures.

How to solve this issue

Help highly appreciated.



Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Iphoto '11
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,314 points)
    a external network hard disc,

    If that hard drive is not formatted for OS X Extended (journaled) then that's the reason you've had problems. User after user have reported this exact problem, eventual library damage, when using the library on a non-Mac formatted network hard drive.

    I suggest you move the library to your Mac or an external HD attached to your Mac and try the following (#3 may be the only fix that works if at all): backup the library and try the three fixes below in order as needed:

    Fix #1

    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your User/Library/Preferences folder.

    2 - delete iPhoto's cache files that are located in the User/Library/Application Support/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder.

    3 - reboot, launch iPhoto and try again.

    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding the the Option key. You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.

    Fix #2

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys depressed and follow the instructions to rebuild the library. Select options #1, #2 and #6.

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    Fix #3

    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 left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

    You can send a feature request to make the library useable on network servers to Apple via http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphoto.html. In the meantime you'll need to move it as I pointed out.