5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2012 6:26 PM by kathy j
DB1@mac Level 1 (0 points)

Trying to install iLife 11 and upgrade to iPhoto 9.1.3.


iPhoto will not complete database upgrade. after 5 mins or so, it hangs and beachball spins.


1) How can I access my photos. I need them for work?


2) How can iPhoto be fixed?


3) Can anyone please recommend a reliable alternative to iPhoto, as the Apple application is so troublesome?


I have repaired permissions, deleted prefs and cache, restarted.....

MacBook iMAc24, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)

    This can be caused by a locked or damaged file within the library.


    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. Include the option to check and repair Library permissions.


    If that fails: 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 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.  






  • DB1@mac Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I am trying iPhoto Lib Manager now.


    I had tried the rebuild through command & option, but it wouldn't do it.



  • DB1@mac Level 1 (0 points)

    Excellent – it looks like iP LM is doing the job – and in short order too!

    iPhoto has opened and I see the photos beig imported to a new library.


    I spent 5 hours on and off trying to get iPhoto to sort itself out.

    (And a day prior to that.)


    I will leave it running as I need to go home now

    and hopefully I can report back on Monday that iPhoto is working again.


    Many thanks TD




    if this works, can I then delete the original iPhoto Library?

  • DrLaLa Level 1 (0 points)

    Your advice to use the IP Library Manager to rebuild my old library was perfect.  After hours of failed attempts to do this automatically in the new iPhoto on my new MacBook Pro, I tried the LM application and it worked within a few minutes.  Thank you!

  • kathy j Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this same problem and spent incredible amount of time trying disk permission repair, rebuild, etc only to have iPhoto still not work. I  downloaded the library manager and its doing a great job right now of transferring files.

    Thank you so much.