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HT2638 How long does it take to "Repair the iPhoto Library Database"?

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How long does it take to "Repair the iPhoto Library Database"?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)

    How long is a piece of string? How big is the database? What Mac? How Much Ram? What else is running? What repair are you using? What version of iPhoto? What version of the OS? etc.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)

    You need to give us a full description of the problem.

     

    Front Row, like it Screensaver, has its own cache of images. You would need to rebuild that cache.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)

    Try the following:

     

    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library

     

      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button,

        iPhoto Library Manager002.jpg 

        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 Library ➙ Rebuild Library menu option

        iPhoto Library Manager001.jpg

      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.

     

    OT

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)

    Explain exactly what you did in iPLM to get that message.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)

    You want to rebuild the library, not create a new one.

     

    In iPLM select your library

    iPhoto Library Manager004.jpg

    Go to the Library menu and select Rebuild Library.

    iPhoto Library Manager003.jpg

    From there on it's self explanatory.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)

    If you still have your original library give this a try to see if your "missing" photos can be recovered:

     

    Starting over from scratch with new library

     

    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:

     

    1. Open the library package like this.

     

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    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.

     

    3. Drag the subfolders of the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window a few at a time.

     

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    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.

     

    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.

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