6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2013 3:06 PM by LarryHN
hiynata Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

iPhoto crashed randomly while I was using it and deleted several thousand pictures from a few events. Some of the pictures I could redownload because they were still on my memory card, but it said that they were already on iphoto which they weren't. How can I get these pictures back and prevent this from happening again?


iPhoto '11
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (66,915 points)

    what version of iPhoto (ther are several versions of iPhoto '11) and of hte OS?

     

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

     

    LN

  • hiynata Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Im not sure what version of iPhoto or OS but the it looks like this where the photos are missing. And how do I back it up, depress it and rebuild the database?Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 5.42.42 PM.png

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (66,915 points)

    1 - Back up your iPhoto library,

     

    Make a copy of the iPhoto library - and if you are always running backup software 9like Time Machine for example) you are 100% guarenteed to lose all of yoru photos sooner or later - if they hae any valuse to you you must start backing up ASAP

     

     

    2 -  Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys - Take your finger and press down on the option and the command keys and hold them down until the first aid window appears after you do the next step

     

    3 - and launch iPhoto - click on the iPhoto icon in teh Dock

     

    4 - rebuild your iPhoto library database - click on the option in teh first aid window to rebuild the database and do it

     

    The version of iPhjoto can be found using the about iPhoto command under the iPhoto menu - the version of the OS using the about this Mac command under the Apple menu

     

    LN

  • photosb189 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)

    If you click on the word iPhoto in the upper left, then About iPhoto, you'll see what version you are running.

     

    To repair or rebuild, (quit iPhoto if it's running) hold down the command and option keys while launching iPhoto. Then try Rebuild Thumbnails. If that doesn't work, try Repair Database.

     

    Though there are rarely problems running these, I would recommend you have a recent backup just in case.

  • hiynata Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Should I just try to export all the pictures to back it up? Or is there something else I should back it up to?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (66,915 points)

    Make a copy of the iPhoto library - and if you are not always running backup software (like Time Machine for example) you are 100% guarenteed to lose all of your photos sooner or later - if they have any value to you you must start backing up ASAP

    No exporting - for this purpose simply dupicate your iPhoto library - for a general backup up you need software like Time Machine (on every Mac) and and external disk drive much larger than you main drive

     

    LN