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Susu3 Level 1 (0 points)

Each time I open iPhoto this pops up. A photo has been found in the iPhoto library that was not imported. Would you like to import it. How do I stop this?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,940 points)

    Go to your Pictures Folder and find the iPhoto Library there. Right (or Control-) Click on the icon and select 'Show Package Contents'. A finder window will open with the Library exposed.



    Look there for a Folder called 'Import' or 'Importing'.



    Drag it to the Desktop. *Make no other changes*.



    Start iPhoto. Does that help?



    If it does then look inside that folder on your desktop. Does it contain anything you want? If not you can trash the folder.

  • SweetThunder73 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Terence Devlin for your tips and expertise.


    I followed your instructions, but when I dragged my import file over to desktop, it says masters in it. When I clicked on masters it contained three of my videos. I don't want to lose these videos, so I opened up "show package contents" again and dropped it back in there. Should my import folder contain the word masters? Or did I somehow scoop it up with my novice dragging and dropping methods??




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,940 points)

    Repeat the process again.


    Open iPhoto.  Do you get the message?


    If not then import those three video once more.






  • R.S.N Level 1 (0 points)

    THis has been plaguing me for months! I really should have checked the forum sooner - your fix above worked first time Thank you! and thank you to Susu3 for asking the question

  • LAR16 Level 1 (0 points)

    I moved the Import folder to the Desktop and the problem disappeared.  I found the video (.avi file) that was causing the problem and tried to import it but I get the following message:


    "a necessary data reference could not be resolved."


    Is there any way I can save the file?  If I look at it in Finder and hit the "Play" button, the video does play in the thumbnail.

  • Calw Level 1 (0 points)

    Worked for me too.  I had a long list of empty folders inside of folders called masters and thumbnails.  There were actually 5 items (even though the messages only reported 2.  Glad that is fixed.  You might also go in and delete all those Recovered Photo file folders (if empty - mine were) that accumulate in your photos folder.

  • flashkube2 Level 1 (0 points)

    This helped me, too.  Thanks!

  • Ben-Turner Level 1 (0 points)

    Perfect, fixed the same problem for me, thank you very much

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,418 points)

    What is the file size of the .avi file and where did it come from. 



  • Katherine Milo Level 1 (5 points)

    Help.  I did this exact procedure a month or so ago.  Now I'm getting the same message again--and followed the instructions to no avail.  My import folder is gone!  How do I get it back, more importantly how do I get iPhoto to stop displaying this message each time I launch it?


    Any help is much appreciated.

  • iphoneuser8 Level 1 (0 points)

    I followed all of your steps, but don't have an 'import' file under 'package contents'. What now?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,940 points)

    What do you have when you click view the package contents?

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,418 points)

    Do you have an "Auto Import" folder?

  • Katherine Milo Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes, there is one in that folder.

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