3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2011 6:11 PM by LarryHN
Oliver Bryk Level 1 (5 points)

I have very little experience with using iPhoto and made a dumb mistake that I would like to correct without fouling up everything else (I have iPhoto 9.2.1).


A few days ago I put an old DVD with about 150 landscape pictures made by a professional landscape photographer into the DVD slot, had iPhoto import them into the library, and ejected the DVD.  iPhoto created about ten events for these pictures. Sometime later I discovered that iPhoto had not copied the images and consequently could not find them.


Today I remembered that several years ago I had copied the same images onto an external HD when I first got the DVD. I have used this HD on earlier Macs  for a variety of backups over the years. I tried to get iPhoto to use the pictures from the external HD for the library but I could not make that work.


Can I trash the events that I created in the library a few days ago and start over? I don't want to trash the whole library. How do I trash an event?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (74,400 points)

    Do you have a default "managed" library (the iPhoto preference to "copy imported items to the iPhoto library is in its checked state) or a referenced library (your have unchecked that preference) - a referenced library is strongly not recomended


    It sounds like you have a referenced library - what you seem to be experiancing is just one of the many reasons not to use a erferenced library


    As to deleting an event - select it in iPhoto and press teh delete key and empty the iPhoto trash (iPhoto menu ==> empty trash)



  • Oliver Bryk Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you for this advice. The preference was unchecked.


    After I delete the events, do I first create a new Album in iPhoto for that collection on the external HD? How do I get the iPhoto Library to recognize the files and folders in their present location on the external HD?

  • LarryHN Level 9 (74,400 points)

    Albums are for organizaing - they do nothing to help importing


    If you have a referenced library you must keep the path to the original photo the same (which makes replacing or repairing disk drives or replacing computers much more difficult) - so with a referenced library the originals must be on a drive that is always accessable


    I believe that if you delete the problem events and empty the iPhoto trash and then import those photos with the copy option checked you will be fine for those - however any photos previously imported and not copied will have to remain exactly as they are