3 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2013 11:57 AM by Terence Devlin
brifast99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a large iphoto library...330 gigs. I am constantly getting the beach ball when I do stuff in the program. Is there anyway to fix this or is it because of the girth of the library?



Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,530 points)

    The amount of disk space doesn't matter - assuming you have enough. What's more important is the number of items in the Library.


    So: how many items?

    How big is the HD the Library is on? Is it an internal or external? How much free space on it?

    How much Ram do you have?

  • brifast99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have about 250gig free in a 3tb internal HD. I have 48gigs of RAM.


    There are 47k photos in the library




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,530 points)

    Well those numbers are fine - though maybe a little more Ram? iPhoto 11 is good for 1,000,000 items, so you've a little headroom yet.


    Have you tried rebuilding the library?


    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.