2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2013 10:49 AM by Keith Barkley
MattPreece87 Level 1 (0 points)



I've opened iPhoto to import some photos and it was taking an eternity for everything to load. I recently that over 15,000 photo had been flagged and were in the flagged folder. However, when i went into the flagged photo's, none of them were actually flagged so I selected them all, flagged them then unflagged them and they went. I then went back to my events page and at the top there was a folder named 'untitled folder' which just appeared after i unflagged all the photos. Inside the folder there is nothing but along the top where it shows the amount of photos within the folder it says 21,145 and when you hover the curser over the event the photos flick through as if there are photos in there. I then moved this event to the trash but I have not deleted it completely.


When i look at my other events, it says the event contains, for example, 45 photo's, but there is actually only maybe 13 photos in the folder. I've tried going into the trash, selecting all the photos, right clicking and selecting "Put Back" but this hasn't worked. I dont know what to do. Theres so many memories in the photos and I do not want to lose them.


Can someone please help me and give me some advice, it would be much appreciated!




MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,487 points)

    Best solution: restore your backup library made just before this happened.


    Next: move the one Event out of the iPhoto Trash bin 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 #3, followed by #4 and then #1 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.




  • Keith Barkley Level 5 (6,040 points)

    Do you have a backup?


    You can try to rebuild the library: