2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2012 11:41 AM by SavedByTechnology
SavedByTechnology Level 1 (0 points)

In a real bind here.  I just upgraded to iPhoto '11 (v9.4.1).  Now I can't see many of my photos.  I had them stored on my external drive running Carbon Copy Cloner.  Is there a Finder search term or a command in Terminal I can use to find all my photos?  In Finder, I see the iPhoto library with a size of 7.26GB, but when I open it, I only see certain photos, but not all of them.  Thanks for any help anyone can provide

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1), 13" 2009/2.26Ghz/160GB HDD/4GB RAM
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    Are you running a managed or referenced library:



    If it's a Managed library try the following:   make a temporary, backup copy of your library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) 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.



    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.


    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.




  • SavedByTechnology Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Old Toad.  What I also did was searched for the .iPhoto library file extension in Finder.  When I opened an older file, iPhoto "upgraded" the library.  Now I see all my photos.  Thanks again for your help.