iPhoto Library File Replaced!! Need help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AnthoNYC45, May 3, 2010.

  1. AnthoNYC45 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, so I was organizing all my pictures in the Pictures folder and I made a folder called "My Pics" under the Pictures folder. I dragged the iPhoto Library file there which contained all my pictures from like two years in it. Then I opened iPhoto and a new one came up not in "My Pics" but just under the Pictures folder. I dragged it to the my pics folder thinking it was the same but it was a brand new copy and I accidentally replaced the one with all my photos. Please help me all my photos are missing and it's if I never put anything in iPhoto. I don't have any back ups I feel like a retard someone help plz. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Can't help. When a folder is replaced, the stuff in the target folder is gone. If the photos are there, you will need expensive data recovery software, or a professional to recovery them. Stop using the computer until you determine whether or not you're going to attempt this. Quick search links:

    "Macintosh data recovery"
    http://www.harddriverepairrecovery.com/

    "Macintosh data recovery software"
    http://www.datarecoverysoftware.net/

    Enter "those" and you'll find more links.

    By the way, what happened is that the OS (or iPhoto?) looks for that folder in a specific place, and if it's not found, creates an empty one.
     
  3. AnthoNYC45 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea I was thinking of that but nevermind. It happened and I just have to move on and learn from my mistakes. Thanks for responding and for the links too
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Sorry. Make backups!

    Use Time Machine with an external hard drive (moderate cost, high security) or buy a flash drive and copy things to it (low cost, moderate security).
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Yes, the main one being, don't ever mess around with the iPhoto folders within your Pictures folder. Do it all within iPhoto.
     

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