Iphoto Disaster

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mvamato, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. mvamato macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2005
    Let me start with I'm an idiot and should know better.

    I upgraded to version 6 and everything was fine for the most part. 1 Thing I did notice is that I missing at least 20 pictures. I was not all that conserned with this part but then I made a huge mistake.

    I was in Pictures -> Iphoto then I clicked on the 2005 folder and I noticed that there was only 2 months in there. I then notices that all the other years had months missing as well. I wasn't too conserned b/c everything is backed up. So I went and copied all the missing months back into the correct years (about 4gb). Then I was told by a friend that iphoto6 organizes everything under a folder called Data. I looked and sure enough it's all there. Now my problem is that I have an extra 4 gig in my iphoto -> years folders. I don't know how to go about deleting the extra photo's that I copied in. Is there a system log that will show me what files were copied? Can I delete everything in the years folder (2001, 2002,2003,2004,2005). I would think I could, but like I said they all had a month or two in them, so I don't know if they are needed. What would be the best way to resolve this?
  2. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    You can just overwrite your 'iPhoto Library' folder with your back-up folder. This is only possible if your back-up folder consists of all the files. Does that help?
  3. danm macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2005
    Clarkston, WA
    The 'Data' folder in the iPhoto Library appears to be where the thumbnails are stored, regardless though, I would do what's been suggested and overwrite the messed up Lib with your backed up one.
  4. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2005
    The poor section of Connecticut
    Way back there used to be a program called iPhoto Diet that would search for and eliminate all duplicates. I don't know if it still exists but you may want to try a search for it. Maybe this isn't the right fix but it's all I can think of.
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I had a few stray 'years' left over when iPhoto finished updating the library. I suspect these are where I had items in the trash at the time. I just deleted the years. iPhoto doesn't seem to care about those anylonger. So, if you just added things to those folders, I'd say it was reasonably safe just to get rid of them again. (I would take a back up just in case - mine was OK but you never know!)

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