We are in the process of bringing up a new iMac and are having difficulty opening our old iPhoto library. We've been running iPhoto '08 (version 7.1.5) on a vintage 2006 iMac. The iPhoto '08 photo library has approximately 35,000 photos in 1000+ events with an additional 60+ albums and slideshows. The library takes up 165 GB on an external hard drive. I have tried to convert the old library to iPhoto '11 three times - option key iPhoto to open the existing library on the external hard drive, import photos to a new library on the new iMac and drag the library from the external hard drive to the Pictures folder on the new iMac. Each time I end with some version of the following (a few photos/events and no albums, etc.) ...
This has generated an additional problem. When I end up with a bad library on the new iMac, I try to delete from within iPhoto '11 by Edit -> Select All and then choosing iPhoto->Empty iPhoto Trash. The pictures go away in iPhoto but there is still a 165 GB iphoto library (actually 2 at this point) on the hard drive of the new iMac.
I could use help on these two issues -
- How do I convert (is this the right term) an iPhoto '08 Library to iPhoto '11 Library while retaining all photos, events, albums, etc.?
- How do I get rid of the bad iPhoto '11 libraries that are now on the hard drive of the new iMac. I know that I can Move to Trash in Finder, but deleting those files will take FOREVER.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
One additional quirky detail ... we're still running the old iMac until this is resolved. I copied the iPhoto '08 library to another external drive and attached it to the old iMac. I opened iPhoto '08 just to be sure that everything was okay (it was). With the old iMac still powered on, the iPhoto '08 albums showed up on the share section of iPhoto '11 on the new iMac. Probably normal but weird given the current frustrations.