2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2012 9:23 PM by Mountain Newbie
Mountain Newbie Level 1 (0 points)

I tried restoring the (5000+) photos to the library, so far so good. Then selecting and moving to trash in batches of 100, but the program crashes when I try to empty the trash. Any suggestions?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,610 points)

    Option 1

    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:


    Option 2

    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. 




  • Mountain Newbie Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again Terence.


    There was no option for Repair Database in my iPhoto '08 7.1.5 so I used the iPhoto Library Manager (Extract function) and it worked! Yay! Now My sister won't be mad at me forever for losing her wedding photos.


    You are giving so much help to so many - may you also be blessed in the amount that you give to others... Thank you for your selfless service to us mere mortals!