5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2013 3:45 PM by christopherfromwinchester
christopherfromwinchester Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPhoto 09, version 8.1.2 (424), with about 50GB of images.  After years of behaving perfectly well, it says "not responding" about 3 times out of 4 when opened.  Is it because it is too big?  I have a Macbook bought in late 09, Mountain Lion.

iPhoto '08, Mac OS X (10.6.7), It's actually iPhoto 9
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    iPhoto09 is good for 250,000 images, so no, it's not too big.


    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 




  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,487 points)

    How much free space do you have on your hard drive and how much memory?




  • christopherfromwinchester Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Tim Devlin for your ideas, which I have not had time to try yet.  Thank you also, Old Toad for your query.  I copied this from the details on my machine:   Memory  4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, and have 123.68 GB free out of 249.2 GB


    Many thanks for your help and interest



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,487 points)

    Check in iPhoto's preferences to see if you have anything checked in the Sharing pane.  Also check the Web pane to see if you have Check for newly published photos set to anything other than Manually? Also uncheck the checkbox at the top about info for published photos.

  • christopherfromwinchester Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for the help.  I used option 1, and also Old Toad's idea about unchecking boxes, and everything works again.


    Many thanks