5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2013 12:49 AM by Photoshop
Photoshop Level 1 (0 points)

Hi ! after installing iphoto version: 9.4.2(710.42), can’t find my over 20'000 photoes!!

Than I downloaded iphoto 11. It didn’t help. I have a Mac OSX 10.8.2 Mountain Lion,

Each time I open the iphoto application, it starts searching Thumbnail and than all pictures files come only in black and a warning sign in the middle! Please help me. I don’t have any other copies! Can I go back to my old version? it showes the numer of my photoes!! Thanks

  • BDAqua Level 10 (121,670 points)

    Yikes, 20,000 photos & no backup!?


    Forget iPhoto for a bit, look in your Pictures folder, what all is in there?

  • LarryHN Level 9 (74,565 points)

    1 - With no backup you are 100% guarenteed to lose all of yoru photos sooner or later - this may have been the time


    2 - what exactly does this mean and exactly what errore messages did yo rceive

    Hi ! after installing iphoto version: 9.4.2(710.42), can’t find my over 20'000 photoes!!

    3 - and exactly what did you do here - note that the latest version of iPhoto '11 is version 9.4.2 so you had the latest version of iPhoto '11


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



  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,385 points)

    The exclamation sign in the trangle


    is an indication that iPhoto has broken the file path/link to the original file.   Therefore 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.




  • Photoshop Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi everypne! thanks for your answers. Of course I i did and do backup, but the peactures appiers the same. I even have an older external hard drive only for my pictures. The same story. I wa sgoing to go to apple store here and get help but no time until now. I belive the pictures are hidden somewhere or locked and this is only the software problem?

  • Photoshop Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks! This is the exact warning I get when I open a photo. I have done already all the steps which you have recommanded. I could find only few pictures. I will try the second step and will let you know. Thanks