iPhoto has disappeared along with all my photos! Yosemite update disaster!

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Quenton4, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Quenton4 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2015
    Having updated to OS X Yosemite, iPhoto is now gone and I cannot access my photo library. How can I get my photos back after the update?

    I have looked in the Users/Sam/Pictures folder where there used to be a file called iPhoto library, but that no longer exists. Instead there is a Photos Library, but that is empty. Where have all my photos gone that were stored in iPhoto and how can I recover them?

    I have no backup before the update, so I cannot use that to restore lost photos; I will just have to hope that they are still on there somewhere...

    Please help me Apple community!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The update converts your iPhoto library to photos. If you don't have a backup then you're SOL concerning iPhoto but your images are available in Photos.
  3. Quenton4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2015
    When I open up the Photos app it says "Welcome to Photos! To get started with Photos do any of the following" blah blah blah. Basically my photos are not loaded into the Photos library and the Users/Sam/Photos Library file is only 5MB when there should be hundreds of photos there...

    Thanks for the fast response by the way
  4. TallGuyGT macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2011
    Is your iPhoto file still there? I'm not in front of my Mac now, but remember both files (Photos and iPhoto) were in the Photos directory after the conversion.
  5. Quenton4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2015
    No the library is gone and appears to be nowhere else on my computer. I have searched for it, but nothing appears to have worked.
  6. Quenton4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2015

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