iphoto library disaster from 0-25k "photos" in 1 sad keystroke

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by enoach, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. enoach macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2008
    ok--I'm new in the Mac owner-thing...

    I was setting up iphoto, i hit some deeply unwise keystroke::eek: and now I have 25k+ "photos" in my library--the bad news is that AT LEAST 15k of those "photos" are bizarre screenshots, sample pictures, random images, blurry whatevers, even smiling spongebob and kim possible (i have kids).
    iphoto seems to have drawn all this from every corner of my hard drive, the back-up copy of my ex-PC Hard Drive (living quietly, i thought, on my external HD), ad nauseam.

    How do get the all non-photo "photos" out of the Library?

    even if listed by "events" there are about 857--please tell me there is something else I can do besides manually selecting and deleting hundreds of "events"...

    Please? :confused:
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Do you have any photos you want to keep on there? If not (or they can easily be placed back on the library) you could hit command + A to select all and then delete them by right clicking and moving them to the trash.
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    if you know where all your "real" photos are on hard drive backup start afresh by deleting the iPhoto Library in your Pictures folder while iPhoto is closed and then open iPhoto while holding option and create a new library then drag in your "real" photos.
  4. mojohanna macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    If you are running time machine, just restore to the before the point of the unintended keystrokes.
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Delete the iPhoto Library (without deleting the original photos from your external HDD), and choose to import photos yourself. Also, I suggest not letting iPhoto control your library. That way, you don't produce a new copy of all these photos on your Mac harddrive. You can say you want to manage your own files/photos, and keep your photos in the folders they're currently in.
  6. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL IN DOING THIS. If you visit discussion.apple.com and look at the iPhoto support page, something like 70% of all the questions on lost photos originate from folks who don't want to load iphoto pics into the iphoto database. Make sure you understand how iPhoto works before you choose to manage photos yourself in folders.
  7. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    bking I am currently not using iPhoto because I am so used to the way I have always done things in Windows and when I first tried iPhoto I found two thing I didn't like... 1) was that it put all the photos in one directory and 2) was that I couldn't share the photos with another account.
    Until I read this tread I didn't even know I could use iPhoto and manage my own photos so can you give me a little insight if I do this into the danger of loosing my photos? Thanks!
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I would only suggest this if you know a lot about how the Mac works and how iPhoto works. I think it is clear from the question being asked that this person should not be using "refererenced" files. Much simpler and safer to let iPhoto pull in copies. Disk space is only 20 cents per GB.

    The more copies of photos the better

    The simplist fix here would be to delete the iPhoto library. When iPhoto starts up it will re-create an empty library.

    But BEFORE anything else. Step number zero: Make a backup of the photos you want to keep. Burn them the a DVD or copy to an extrnal drive then un-plug the drive and put it some place safe. I would even do this twice, two backups. Now you can mess around again and delete the iphoto library and do the re-import.

    It is esy to explain what your did. You imported some photos. iPhoto askes "from where?" and rather then pointing to a folder that contained the photos you pointed to the big folder that contains the entrie disk drive. At that poiint I bet the "un-do" would have worked to un-do the import.

    Just remember to keep good backups and toe keep some of the backup copies off-site. If you do this then nothing, not even a house fire can could you to loose your data.
  9. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    I would second the time machine solution if you have Leopard and are using the facility

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