4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 6:24 PM by Laura Smith8
Laura Smith8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been having issues with my iPhoto app as a result of moving my pictures from the hard drive to an external.  I had to re-import most of my pictures.  When I was almost done, iPhoto crashed (which it has done twice in less than 24hrs).  When I reopened it, the counts do not match up to what is actually showing.  According to the sidebar, I have 147 events, but when I look at the actual event thumbnails, there are only 29.  Also, when I first open iPhoto, a certain album says there are 540 photos, but when I hover over it, the number changes to 50.  I don't want to have to re-import these photos again if I don't have to!


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (68,920 points)

    Moving the iPhoto library does NOT involve any importing -

    Moving the iPhoto library is safe and simple - quit iPhoto and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity to the external drive - depress the option key and launch iPhoto using the "select library" option to point to the new location on the external drive - fully test it and then trash the old library on the internal drive (test one more time prior to emptying the trash)

     

     

    And be sure that the External drive is formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) (iPhoto does not work with drives with other formats) and that it is always available prior to launching iPhoto

     

     

    And backup soon and often - having your iPhoto library on an external drive is not a backup and if you are using Time Machine you need to check and be sure that TM is backing up your external drive

     

     

    LN

  • Laura Smith8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, maybe something else happened.  I originally moved the iPhoto library as you said (or so I thought, I may have done something wrong...), but many of my pictures no longer showed in iPhoto.  I had to re-import them, regardless of the cause.

     

    My question is why I am having different counts, for both the number of events as well as number of photos in an event.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (68,920 points)

    Without knowing what you did only gueses can be made

     

    Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library

     

    LN

  • Laura Smith8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will try that, thanks!