3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2011 10:04 AM by Larry Rettig
Larry Rettig Level 1 (0 points)

I have pictures dating back to 2002 in my iPhoto 4 library.  Recently i was uploading some of these photos to shutterfly.com to get some cheap prints.  Soon after I noticed I couldn't open my older pictures.  I can see them in thumb nails, but when I go to click on one,there's no picture there.  The photo's title doesn't appear, and it reads that the file size is 0x0. 


Can someone give me some advice on how to get access to these older pic without risking losing them?


Thank you,

iPhoto 4, Mac OS X (10.3.x), Mac G4
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    Judging from the file size reported I would say that you've had some significant disk issues and those photos are gone, I'm afraid. Time to restore from your back up.






  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,512 points)

    If you do have some disk issues as Terence suggested boot into  Safe Mode (which runs a number of disk repair routines during the boot up) before you restore the library from your backup. 



  • Larry Rettig Level 1 (0 points)

    By restoring the library from my backup does that mean holding down the "option" button while clicking on the iPhoto icon, and the clicking on "create Library" tab?  I'm not the most technically savy guy, but if you had the instruction on how to restore the library I'm sure I could follow them.


    I noticed that I can access all the old photos when I go into the "Finder" and click on "Pictures".  I'm able to look at them one at a time open them with "Preview", which makes me think I haven't permanently lost the pics.


    Also, I did shut down my mac and open it up in "Safe Mode" as Old Toad recommended.


    Any other advice is appreciated.