9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2012 3:07 PM by Old Toad
Monty Schnitt Level 1 (0 points)

Even though the preview shows up, when I try to fullscreen some images I get an exclamation mark inside a triangle on a black screen. The "!" looks like some kind of warning, but of what?

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    The ! turns up when iPhoto loses the connection between the thumbnail in the iPhoto Window and the file it represents.



    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. .





  • kdbeaty Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same issue on my macbook air and used iPhoto Libray Manager (even bought it) but the new library created contains only about 1/3 of the original photos.  I suspect that the rebuilt library was truncated due to lack of storage space on this machine.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    How much free space do you have on that Mac?



  • kdbeaty Level 1 (0 points)

    6.32 GB out of 120 GB.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    OS X needs about 10 gigs of hard drive space for normal OS operations - things like virtual memory, temporary files and so on.


    Without this space your Mac will slow down as the OS hunts for space on the disk, files will be fragmented, also slowing things down, apps will crash and the risk of data corruption - that is damage to your files, photos, music - increases exponentially.


    Your first priority is to make more space on that HD. Nothing else can be done until you do. Purchase an external HD and move your Photos and Music to it. Both iPhoto and iTunes can run perfectly well with the Library on an external disk.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    As Terence pointed out you're on the low side of free space for relable and efficient performance.  Try to maintain a minimum of 10 GB free space.  If you use iDVD it's recommended you have 20 GB of free space as iDVD uses a lot of swap files in it's operation.

  • kdbeaty Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  I had just purchased the drive and am in process of tranferring files to it.

  • k2r2n2 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem. All the landscape photos are not found. I tried the Iphoto rebuild, and it didn't work. I tried the iPhoto Library manager (rebuild) and it didn't find them either. I know they still exist in the library.


    What should I try next?

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    Try this:


    Start over from scratch with new library


    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:


    1. Open the library package like this.




    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.


    3. Drag the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window.


    Click to view full size


    Check the new library to see if it includes all of your photos including the missing landscape photos from your original library.


    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.