13-inch MacBook Pro i5 2.5GHz & 4GB RAM (MacBookPro9,1), iPhoto ’11 (9.4.2)
This summer, had an older, slower 17-inch MacBook Pro (don’t remember the exact iPhoto version of that) transferred at the Apple Store to a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro. External G-Drive was used for TimeMachine on the older 17-inch machine.
At the advice of Apple Store genius, once the transfer was done, they re-formatted the G-Drive and set it up for Time Machine on the new MacBook. I should have suspected something, since they had me click the “erase” button in Disk Utility!
This October I’m checking out my iPhoto library (about 5,300 photos, 320+ movies) and every movie transferred at the Apple Store is only 1 frame long, and the info pane says “MJPEG” format and 0 length. All movies added since then, using exact same camera and input method, show up as H.264 format and play fine.
Doing a “Reveal in Finder” on the older files shows a .AVI file with sizes from 58KB to 740KB. Double-clicking the originals plays back only one frame, using QuickTime Player.
Of course, the 17-inch was completely reformatted, fresh OS re-installed and sold soon after the 13-inch was home. No sign of the older TimeMachine backups from the 17-inch on the G-Drive, just the new machine.
I’ve backed up the iPhoto library and done all the “Command + Option + Click” First Aid steps (Repair Permissions, Rebuild Thumbnails, Repair Database and Rebuild Database) but still no joy.
I’m guessing I’m totally hosed on this one, which is disappointing to say the least since the movies were irreplaceable baby and toddler videos.
Is there any advice or suggestions the collective can offer to give me any hope?
Without that, what did I (or the genius) do wrong that I can avoid in the future?
Thanks in advance.