I suppose I should start from the beginning. I do not know what I'm doing exactly, but enough to make things work for a little while at least. I seem to have lost all my photos including everything from the first 2 years of my sons life... I am horrified.
I ran out of space long ago on my laptop, so I bought an external HD to store photos. I hooked up my external HD to my Time Capsule, thinking this would be ideal beacuse I would always have access to my photos. So I moved my iPhoto library to the external HD and that was that. I assumed that since it was hooked up to the TC it would be backed up (I dont think it is because I can't find it.) It worked well enough for a while but it was slow. I had the problem lately of iPhoto not responding and having to force quit, especialy when just quitting the program. I also had frequent errors importing photos and would hve to re-start.
I decided that I should have the most up to date software and I added some RAM. IPhoto '11 installed fine but the problem arose when I tried to "upgrade the library." Somehow my computer lost connection with my networked external HD and now the application was not responding... Stupidly I force quit. I didnt know that this was a problem.
Now when I open iPhoto there are events but no thumbnails. When I click on photos it shows a triangle with an exclamation point. I previously had approx. 12,000 photos. The library shows that it is 162.67 GB, which seems about right. Also I looked but I can't find a backup of the library.
I tried to repair the library but it didnt work.
I also tried iPhoto Library Manager to no avail. This is what it did:
It "rebuilt" a library that is only 7.6GB. It said there were 349 photos. There were 349 errors and so there are 0 photos.
Please help. I feel sick to my stomach and my wife is very sad. Thanks in advance