Help moving my iPhoto library ?!

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Hi,

    I recently moved my 35GB iPhoto library from my MacBook Pro to an external Iomega Ultramax 1TB HDD without a problem.
    I just dragged the iPhoto Library folder from my built-in HD to the external one & that was that.

    Now I'd like to do the opposite and move it back to my MBP's HD, but I always get an error message some files cannot be read/found.

    I can open the iPhoto library perfectly from the external HD though, everything is in place as it should be. I just can't move it anymore, which is quite a pain, as I'd like it back on the internal drive, so I can take it with me.

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers
     
  2. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    UPDATE: I can view my iPhoto library on the external HD just fine, but I can't sync anything over to my iPad and/or iPhone 4.

    I get an error saying some files can not be written to the disk.
    When I disable photo sync, the iPad & iPhone sync just fine.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  3. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Have you run Disk Utility's Verify Disk and/or Repair Disk Permissions on the internal? the external?
     
  4. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Just tried that. Didn't work.

    When I try to transfer the iPhoto library from my external to my internal HD, it always stops at the same point: 175,5 MB in ...
     
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Do you have anything running on the Mac when you try to move the Library?
     
  6. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Just logged back in and tried it without any apps running. Same result.
     
  7. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like there's some corruption in the library then. Although you can open it, possibly the corruption won't show until you try to open the exact file that's causing the problem.

    Are you able to create a new library on your internal HD and import from the one on the external?
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Which version of OS X are you running?
    Which version of iPhoto are you running?
    Do you have enough space on the internal hard drive for the iPhoto Library?

    If FourCandles is right and the Library is corrupt you could try this:

    :apple: iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library
     
  9. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Most recent version of OS X Snow Leopard and iPhoto.
    Yes, I have enough space on the internal drive.

    Rebuilding the library didn't work. It just kept on rebuilding for 2 days and then I shut it down. There was no progression.
     
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    The only other thing I can think of is this:

    • Create a new iPhoto Library on your internal hard drive.
    • Right mouse (or Control click) on the iPhoto Library and select Show Package Contents.
    • Navigate to your iPhoto Library on you external hard drive.
    • Right mouse (or Control click) on the iPhoto Library and select Show Package Contents.
    • One at a time, drag and drop the contents of the external's iPhoto Library to the internal's iPhoto Library (replacing the newer contents as needed)

    Hopefully everything will move over, if not it will (hopefully) give you an idea where the problem lies.
     

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