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My iphoto library has disappeared. How do I find it?

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  • Laura Krawczyk Calculating status...
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    Feb 27, 2013 11:48 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    Neither. It's Mac OS X without Lion. I brought it in November 2011.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    What system came installed?

     

     

    Did you Mac come with Lion or Mt. Lion preinstalled? If not then it wouldn't be at the App Store.

    And note

    iPhoto comes on all new Macs - either on the restore disks that come with the computer or in the App store in purchases under the Apple ID you used to set up the Mac - you may have to unhide or accept the application to see it

     

     

    Coming without "lion" could mean with Mountain Lion or could mean any of several earlier systems - what came on it? - If it came with Mt. Lion then you update or reinstall form the App store - if it came with an earlier OS then you update via software update and reinstall using the restore disks

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)

    Then you'll have a software restore disk that came with your Mac similary to one of these:

    iAppreinstall.PNG

    Use it to reinstall iPhoto and then apply any available updates.

  • Taljaard Calculating status...

    Argh, all my photos have disappeared. Tried uploading a picture this evening, and there are no pictures on my laptop. All gone! I don't fiddle around with my Macbook Pro. Never needed to. So it is certainly not from me installing or deleting files. I tried following the advice on this post but I still cannot locate any of it.

     

    What is going on?? Any other advice? This is 10 years worth of pictures just gone!

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)

    Do you have an iPhoto Library in your Pictures folder?  How big does the Finder say it is? What do you see if you try to launch iPhoto? What version of iPhoto and system are you using? We need these answers and anything else you can describe before we can offer a suggested fix or course of action.

     

    OT

  • Taljaard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, there is a Library but created today when I opened iPhoto, its empty (14.6MB). On launching iPhoto, only empty folders appear. I have iPhoto '09 v8.1.2 (424). I have Mac OS X v10.6.8

     

    Hope this helps! Happy to provide more info, just let me know.

     

    Hard drive space doesnt seem to be affected, so I assume the files are still there somewhere but I have no idea how to search and put it back in iPhoto.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)

    Download and use  Find Any File  to search for a file named "Library6.iPhoto".  It's a file in every iPhoto library. FAF can search areas that Spotlight can't, like invisible folders, system folders and packages.  If there's another library on your hard drive FAF will find it.

  • Taljaard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad! You're a star! Thanks, that worked, found the file, had to click 'relaunch'. Tried exiting and restarted iphoto. Photos still there. Thanks a lot. Really appreciated.

  • Books4bb Calculating status...

    I just discovered a large portion of my photos in iPhoto on my new Mac desktop are missing. I haven't deleted any; they have just vanished. I did delete some pix off my ipad, but that shouldn't mess up my Mac library, should it?

  • Bobbins74 Calculating status...

    Today i found that my entire photo libary had disappeared. I had this on an external drive, but i had kept my original iphoto libary on my hard drive, ( not sure why, just a belt a braces thing, until i was sure the external drive worked). Everything was fine for a few months.

    I then reactivated my time machine a few days ago. I only mention this as it has come up a few times that time machine could be somehow implicated.

    Could be coincidence.

  • purslane Calculating status...

    Similar experience. I brought home from work some digital photos on a memory stick. I loaded them into my Pictures folder and when next I opened iPhoto I was asked to update. I did so, only to find that all of the photographs I'd transferred from my camera over the last year were gone, and in their place were the photos I'd brought from work. When I reopened iPhoto later, those pictures from work were gone too, and the application presented itself to me as virginal. Using Find Any File, I tracked down the previous iPhoto library on my hard drive, but the only such library with any images in it contains only those pictures from work. I am unable to find the old photos from my camera anywhere. All and any insights are welcome.

  • SharonLM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't believe this, I went to my iPhoto and it was wiped clean, or so I thought.  It opened up introducing me to iPhoto as if this was a brand new computer and I didn't have a photo on there.  I went to iPhoto trash and they were there so I "put back" the pictures.  I only had a little over a hundred pictures, but they are so, so precious to me.  Some are of my mother who is now gone and most are of my husband who is dying of lung cancer.

     

    When I put them back, instead of haveing a little over one hundred pictures, I now have 1,658!!!!  Some how iPhoto took each picture and dublicated it over and over, and in many instances, as an example, I had a picture of a family reunion.  There are about 20 people in this picture and iPhoto made duplicates upon duplicates of this picture and then made a picture of EACH person in that picture so I now have 28 pictures of that one picture.  And in another picture it is of my baby sister and her husband with about 8 friends.  I now have duplicates upon duplicates of that picture and pictures of each of the 8 people.  Plus, one of the pictures is a blow up of someone's foot, just the foot!!!  You wouldn't believe the pictures and the parts of pictures I have.

     

    Can anyone tell me what happened?  I'm going to call Apple.  I have been a die-hard Apple fan for years and years and I'm almost ready to give up on them.  I have a brand new MacBook Pro Retina.  Only 3 months old.  I have Time Machine, but I had two icons on my desktop with my back up and an additional iPhoto library I stored separately on my back-up and both those icons are gone off my desk.

     

    This is insane!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,660 points)
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    Mar 18, 2013 12:25 AM (in response to SharonLM)

    All that's happened is that you have imported one library to another.

     

    Never import one Library to another. Every version and thumbnail is imported like a distinct photo, you lose all your Albums, Keywords etc., the link between Original and Previews is destroyed, the non-destructive editing feature is ruined and so on. In summary: it's mess.

     

    Just open the old library:

    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library'

  • SharonLM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Terence, you are more than likely correct, just saying because you've so much more experience than I.  However, that being said, I wasn't even in iPhoto, and haven't been in iPhoto for about a week or so.  So I personally didn't do anything.

     

    I just tried holding down the alt key as you suggested and nothing.  My original library is gone.  No albums, no folders, just the yellow sticky with the initial introduction to iPhoto that we see on a new computer. 

     

    When I hold down the alt key and select "choose Library" there is only one choice and that takes me to the "new library" with no folders, no albums, etc.

     

    Any other suggestions?  And "if" I as you said "imported one library to another", how did I do that when I haven't even been in iPhoto for over a week or so?  I'm asking seriously because if I did that without even going into iPhoto, I don't want to do it again!!!

     

    Thanks every so much!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,660 points)

    Well I based my guess on what you said:

     

    I went to iPhoto trash and they were there so I "put back" the pictures.  I only had a little over a hundred pictures... When I put them back, instead of haveing a little over one hundred pictures, I now have 1,658!!!!  Some how iPhoto took each picture and dublicated it over and over, and in many instances, as an example, I had a picture of a family reunion.  There are about 20 people in this picture and iPhoto made duplicates upon duplicates of this picture and then made a picture of EACH person in that picture so I now have 28 pictures of that one picture.  And in another picture it is of my baby sister and her husband with about 8 friends.  I now have duplicates upon duplicates of that picture and pictures of each of the 8 people.

     

    Which is what happens when you import one Library to another.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

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