Help! All of my photos have disappeared on iPhoto but appear on Spotlight!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Pokikol, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Pokikol macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2006
    All my photos have disappeared from iphoto, and that means all my pics of my twins and last baby of 8months old! I searched for them and they appear in my iphoto library but I can't drag and drop them back on iphoto since a pop up says "the following files have not been imported (they may not contain valid data or it is impossible to recognize the type)"
    I searched for jpeg on spotlight and all my pics show up but I can't copy them on a DVD since they become alias and are reduced to 40 k.
    Is there anyway I can find them (the originals) and restore them back into iphoto or save them on a DVD?
    I hope this is clear, I am a beginner with Mac. Thanks for any help
  2. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    Hi Pokikol, try not to stress out too much yet, hopefully there will be a way to recover your photos. Try reading this article and see if the steps outlined help you out. Best of luck!
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
  4. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    I was thinking exactly the same thing!

    This is no time to preach but remember, backup, backup, backup!
  5. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    Have you tried copying them to a DVD whilst holding down the Alt or Apple Key (can't remember which). I think this should make a copy of the files rather than turning them into Alias's.

    I know this doesn't help with your problem as such but hopefully it will help you save the images.
  6. deebster macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2004
    Olde Englande
    Using the finder have a look in

    Users>(your user name)>Pictures>iPhoto Library

    Maybe press command-I or click the Get Info blue button and see what size your iPhoto Library is. If it's less than 4.3 GB you can bun it to DVD. You can use The Finder's Burn folder for that, or insert a blank DVD and drag the folder to it.

    Apologies if some if this is obvious to you, but you said you were new to Macs :)

    It sounds like iPhoto is not recognizing your Library for some reason. You could try holding the option key when launching iPhoto and see if it asks you to select your Library folder, but I'd burn that DVD first if it were me.
  7. Pokikol thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2006
    Still haven't recuperated photos

    Hello all and thanks for your help

    Munkle, I followed the steps in the article you mentioned, thus used the utility disk to repair HD and permissions and all went well. Then I launched iphoto while holding down comand and option key and asked it to reconstruct the data base in iphoto phototèque (sorry translating from french here) and it says (phototeque is located on a locked disk where I don't have the permission to apply changes". So I'm stuck here. Any ideas??? Where should I go from here? How do I unlock those permissions?

    Gavd: I tried both, holding command key or option key, it didn't work, still copies alias.

    Deebster: thanks for the advice, I did try to do that but as I mentioned in my initial post, I only get alias files when I do that, thus my pics are reduced to 40k.

    Hope you all have other options
    Thanks loads
  8. ryanfar macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2013

    Hi I have the same problem when i click on the photos on iphoto they come with ! exclamation mark and you can't copy them can you please help me what you do if you have the same problem please

  9. RoelJuun macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    Whenever Spotlight can still find it, it still is on your disk. Therefore type in Spotlight the name of a photo, hold cmd and hit enter. You are presented with the enclosing folder of the photo.
  10. WilliamDu macrumors regular

    May 22, 2012
    Disappearing Photos

    I have same problem.
    All my photos went away on 1/1/2013.
    This is a fatal flaw in Apple's software and they owe users an explanation and a fix.
    I'm struggling with trying to locate them on external hard disc backup made some months ago, but TM can't find them.
    Photos made since last backup to external disc apparently gone.
    Where is Apple when their system screws up?:mad:
  11. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    It's far from clear that is an actual bug in the software. Perhaps if this happened to a large proportion of Mac users, then there might be a case.

    If you can find them with Spotlight, then they are still on the disk. It's much more likely that the Library file has been moved, rather than all the photos being deleted.

    You say they are not on Time Machine either? At all? Even a snapshot from November 2012? That sounds very odd.

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