4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2011 5:31 AM by M Randall
M Randall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

I'm just upgrading from iPhoto 8 to 11.

 

Once the upgrade of the database was run I'd lost a stack of thumbnails.  So I found the apple advice on rebuilding with the menu that comes up on opening with cmd+opt held down.  But then I get alert after alert about not being able to open photos because the originals can't be found.  I thought the point of iphoto was you never get to see the files to navigate to and molest.  So...I can't see them to navigate to.  In any case, there seem to be lots of them (I managed to hit stop quick enough after about 100 attempts). Do I have a very long night ahead or is there a standard fix for this?

 

Thanks,

Matthew

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,940 points)

    Where are the Original files? You're going to need them?

     

    Are you running a Managed or a Referenced Library?

     

    A Managed Library, is the default setting, and iPhoto copies files into the iPhoto Library when Importing. The files are then stored in the Library package

     

    A Referenced Library is when iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing because you made a change at iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced. The files are then stored where ever you put them and not in the Library package. In this scenario you are responsible for the File Management.

  • M Randall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Terence,

     

    Its the standard iPhoto library.  When I used Spotlight to look up the filename and then 'reveal in finder' it was jumping to 'Masters'.  But I couldn't find that through the directory structure from the iPhoto alert pop-up.

     

    Regards,

    Matthew

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,940 points)
    But then I get alert after alert about not being able to open photos because the originals can't be found.

     

    That message turns up when you have a Referenced Library but this

     

    When I used Spotlight to look up the filename and then 'reveal in finder' it was jumping to 'Masters'.

     

    is a Managed Library, so I can only guess that iPhoto is more than somewhat confused.

     

    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 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. .

     

    Regards

     

    TD

  • M Randall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Terence,

     

    I went with option two and as far as I can tell it worked a treat.  Thank you so much, I'm feeling a lot of relief right now.  Really good advice, thanks.

     

    And what a clever bit of kit iPhoto Library Manager is.  Great.

     

    Cheers,

    Matthew