3 Replies Latest reply: May 29, 2012 2:38 PM by Old Toad
pamtho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

over 16,000 photos appears lost,  I do have online storage with Crashplan and can download (I think- but the automatic backup process was going on

during the rebuilding process - may be corrupt too).  Iphoto is unresponsive.  Iphoto manager shows my default library will appropriate files, but calculated

size is 29GB which I am sure means nothing there.  Do I remove all iphoto software and reinstall with the DVD before I download the recovered files

from Crashplan?  Today Crashplan phone help is overwhelmed (post holiday?) so I am on my own.  Thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (72,955 points)

    It is very unlikely that this is a software issue and therefore unlikely that reinstalling iPhoto will help


    Why did you "rebuild"?


    Exactly how did you "rebuild"?


    Why do you believe that 16,000 photos are "lost"?


    Have you tried rebuilding using IPLM?



  • pamtho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I re-built using command and option keys and after all night I found the beachball still running - then I force quit,

    which I am sure destroyed everything.  I have tried rebuilding using Library Manger, but nothing happens.  Iphoto

    is still stuck with beachball.  In Library manager my default library shows up but when calculating the size only 29GB. 


    I have trashed the plist.  At this point I think I need to reinstall iphoto 08 from the DVD and update to current

    updates.  I do not want to go to iphoto 11.  The recovered files will go in a folder in my docs and from there

    I hope I can transfer them to an uncorrupted iphoto. 


    What do you suggest?


    THanks so much for your help.


    I will be away for a couple of hours so will not get back right away. 

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,360 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.


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


    3. Drag the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from that open iPhoto Library package  into the open iPhoto window.


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    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.


    Your original library will be untouched for futher attempts and a fix if so desired.