1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 2:24 PM by Old Toad
Ben Mumford Level 1 Level 1

So, I need to transfer all my photos onto my Mac through iPhoto because I am upgrading to an iPhone 5. Problem is, I am unable to do so because when I try to open iPhoto, I get an error saying that it is "either damaged or incomplete." Then I try and re-install it by downloading the latest version off of the Apple Services here online, and it still won't open. What do I do???



iPhone 4, iOS 6.0.1
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    Try this:  launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and try to create a new, test library.  Import some photos and check to see if the same problem persists. If it doesn't than the problem lies with your current library. 


    If that's the case 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.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.