3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2011 11:03 PM by Terence Devlin
sinemily Level 1 (0 points)

I have just bought a new iMac and was trying to import my pictures into iPhoto last night. But then it stopped importing in the midway and I had to force quit the application. But I cannot open the iPhoto again afterwards and said the iPhoto is locked. What should I do?

Thanks in advance.

  • theoldcoot Level 1 (0 points)
    Try holding the option key down when loading the program. You might have to start a new archive.
  • Ric Donato Level 4 (1,105 points)
    Hi sinemily,
    Being as this is your first post welcome the iPhoto forum.

    Are you a new Mac user or is this a new Mac replacing an older Mac? If older then you may have a previous version of iPhoto, such as iLife '09, on your other computer that can be migrated to your new Mac.

    As it is a new Mac give Apple support a call. Also, in this forum your question has been asked by others a plethora of times. In the upper right is Search Discussions, you can find many suggestions that may fix your issue. Also, looking down the list of discussions below your post you will also see many similar questions as yours. In those may be the assistance you need. There are too many suggestions to copy paste. Example: run permissions, launch iPhoto with Option Control then repair, Create a new library see if that works, sometimes starting in safe mode then restart in regular mode fixes things, see if it works in another account; the list goes on.

    Please be aware these forums are provided by Apple for users to assist users. Apple does not answer here.

    Again, welcome we hope you enjoy your stay in these forums.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)
    Option 1
    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Rebuild iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup.

    If that fails:

    Option 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, faces and places 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.