HT2638: iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto libraryLearn about iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 9:05 PM (in response to lukerduker)
Yes you can only delete in small batches. 100 or so at a time
As to size typically library size does not slow iPhoto down and 16k is not a rage library. I have nearly 50k and libraries of 350k have been reported here.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 9:27 PM (in response to LarryHN)
OK. so i put the files in the trash folder back into the library. started editing my photos and put 100 photos in the trash. emptied trash. iphoto froze, quit, and when i opened it back up, everything in the left column is gone (library, trash, all folders--everything!) and anything i do in iphoto results in the endless beach ball. I did back up my library. But how should I go about starting over with a clean slate so i can organize my photos and have a working iphoto application?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 11:00 PM (in response to lukerduker)
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 Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.
If that fails:
Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)
This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places 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.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Ive been trying to delete an iPhoto library with 150k pics. When emptying the trash bin, the emptying window says its deleting 1,000,000.00+ files and its taking too long. Possibly even days. Any ideas how i can speed this up?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 12:08 PM (in response to jfiguerohunk)
Are you using iPhoto to delete? If so
you can only delete in small batches. 100 or so at a time
Or are you trashing the entire iPhoto library using the finder? If so then ask for help in the forum for you OS - it has nothing to do with iPhoto - could there be 1,000,000+ files in a 150,000 photo iPhoto library - possibley although I doubt it - it would depend on how many photos of groups of people you have primarily
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to jfiguerohunk)
You're deleting a whole Library at the Finder trash? That's one for a Finder forum.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to jfiguerohunk)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 7:22 PM (in response to LarryHN)
Thanks for the responses guys.
Yes i noticed on its face that it's a Finder issue. However, i've deleted the same file sizes before with ease. My concern now is whether or not Trash is taking too long to empty precisely because its a iPhoto Library i'm deleting. Ive tried it with other kinds of files like movies.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 7:25 PM (in response to Old Toad)
Thanks OT. Does this mean i should't use the empty trash securely option? What I did a few hours ago was delete the Masters folder. 500GB+ took around 6 hours to delete. There's 5 GB of iPhoto Library left to delete and where i tried deleting it, the emptying window said there was 500,000 files to delete. Only iPhoto Library is in the trash bin
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 7:43 PM (in response to jfiguerohunk)
No - it means that emptying the trash securly takes longer (in my expreiance a whole lot longer) - it is fine but is much slower
Securly or not is totally your choice - but it affects the time it takes
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 8:40 PM (in response to LarryHN)
I'm deleting it using the Empty Trash option. So far a bit more than an hour for 5GB and its still deleting. Just have to wait for it. Thanks!