Mac - External HD help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Pokernut, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Pokernut macrumors member

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    I use my external HD to store all my pictures/music/movies etc. I used it with my old Mac Mini and everything worked fine. I recently sold my old mini and purchased the new one. When I connected my HD to the new mini all the photos are gone?? All my music/movies are still there and work fine, but all the folders which I have my pictures in are either empty or have a thumbs.db icon.

    When I check the properties of each picture folder it still shows that pictures are in there because of the size. I have no idea what is going on. Btw I use a Maxtor 1tb hd.

    Any help with this would be really appreciated.
     
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Are you using iPhoto? If so, which version of iPhoto on each mini?
     
  3. Pokernut thread starter macrumors member

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    On the old Mini, I used the original iPhoto but then updated it to iPhoto '09. The new Mini came with iPhoto '09.
     
  4. jonnytruant macrumors member

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    Did you try running Disk repair??
     
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    What happens when you launch iPhoto on the new mini? You mention folders being empty, are you referring to folders viewed with Finder? The reason I ask is that starting with I believe iPhoto '08 (7.1.5), iPhoto keeps the photos in a package file not in individual folders and as such isn't directly viewable with Finder.
     
  6. Pokernut thread starter macrumors member

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    When I launch iPhoto '09 on the new mini, it shows all my Events, but they are all empty.

    When I open my external HD, and click on my 'Picture' folder, it still has all of the subfolders I created to organize my photos. But when I open a folder, there's no pictures, just a thumbnail called 'thumbs.db'. And I can't open it, I tried to open it in the new iPhoto but I get an error message.
     
  7. Pokernut thread starter macrumors member

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    Should I run the Disk repair on the external hd?
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Now I'm really confused. You said you were using iPhoto '09 on the old mini as well as the new mini and as I said in my previous message iPhoto starting with iPhoto '08 keeps it's photos in a package file not in individual folders. Have you tried using Spotlight and searching both your internal and external for iPhoto Library (as that's the default name)?
     
  9. jonnytruant macrumors member

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    Yes, verify first and cross your fingers that you get an "OK" See the attached picture
     

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  10. jota73 macrumors 6502

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