1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 30, 2014 12:16 PM by Old Toad
richiebecky Level 1 Level 1

I was transferring my photos from my iPhone to a folder in iPhoto. Before the transfer started I received an Error message that said "Photos cant transfer, (one of the) files cant be read." So I clicked OK. When I went back to my phone iPhoto had deleted all of the photos on my phone, the ones I was trying to transfer and ALL of the other photos.


I desperately need to recover these photos. The transfer did not happen because I was never prompted to "keep or delete" the photos on my iPhone. We have not backed this phone up recently enough to use time machine. Also, the photos do not appear in the "trash" in iPhoto so I would assume that there was a glitch with the phone that deleted them. Is there a way to go in and find these photos?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    iPhoto 8 (09) and earlier- run the options indicated


    iPhoto 9 (11) and later- run  Option #4 to rebuild the database


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager (iPhoto 8 or earlier or IPhoto 11 and later) and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button and select the library you want to add in the selection window..


    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 (iPhoto 8 or earlier)


    Library ➙ Rebuild Library (iPhoto 9 or later)


    menu option to rebuild the library.


    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.