1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 1, 2012 3:28 PM by Old Toad
arthurhenke Level 1 (5 points)

There was a video in iphoto that I wanted to edit in a different application.  I found the name of the video and search for it in finder.  When I opened the file that came up it was actually a picture from what I'm guessing is a previous version of my photo library.  It said something about do you want to open this library in iphoto.  I think I said no.  The next time I went to open iphoto it said it had a mandatory update.  Once I updated the newest picture in my iphoto is from 2011.  Did I just lose all my photos?

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,314 points)

    Messing with the contents of an iPhoto Library from the Finder can damage the library. Try the following: make a temporary, backup copy (select the library and type Command+D) and apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    Select the options identified in the screenshot


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.