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Hi, and welcome to JustAnswer! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am excited to get started with you.So I can better assit you, I will need additional information. Does this happen whenever you try to open iphoto?
Whenever I click to open iPhoto, message comes on to upgrade and rebuild Library. When I have clicked on rebuild, I get spinning circle and message that Time Machine may be backing up.
Is your iphoto Library currently stored on an external hard drive? Is your external hard drive currently connected to your computer?
I am not using an external hard drive.
Thanks for the additional info. From what you are describing, it sounds like iphoto may be corrupted and a new library may need to be created. (your photos are not lost) Before we do that, lets check for updates. Can you click on the apple logo in the upper left corner and choose software updates. What updates available?
All software is up to date.
Ok good. Next, we will try to repair iphotos permissions. Close iphoto it it is not closed. Press and Hold Command+Option+Shift key while launching iphoto. You will get a dialogue box. Choose to repair iphotos permission
I tried all the options in dialogue box. "Repair iphotos permission" still results in running Time Machine screen.
Ok, lets create create a new library. Close iphoto again. Press and hold down the option key while launching iphoto. Choose Create new. Name the new library iPhotonew
If done correctly, you should have a blank library
Are you still with me?
I have created a new library. How can I import the "images" from the hard drive?
Before we import can you just close iphoto and re-open it just to confirm that you do not get the time machine message
I can open iphoto without time machine.
Good, Lets import your photos. Click on the happy face icon in the dock to open your finder window. In the left column in finder, do you see pictures or your account folder
I see pictures
Click on pictures. You should now see both iphoto librares. Correct?
Ok right click or control click on the old iphoto library. It should just say iphoto library. Choose show package contents
iphoto library is asking for upgrade
that means you double clicked it. Can you quit iphoto
Double click on the new iphoto library again to open it
Let me know when the blank library is open again
Ok now go back to finder where your old iphoto library is. Press and hold the control key while selecting your old iphoto library. Choose show package contents
Now scroll all the way to the bottom. You should see either a original or masters folder
both original and masters folders
Ok this is the last step. Drag the original folder and drop it into the blank iphoto library. All of your photos will then start to import
Roughly how many photos do you have?
I have over 15,000 images. The import seems to be working, but will take a long time to complete. Will I have to recreate my albums?
Wow thats a lot. Yes, the most annoying part of having a corrupt library is re-creating your albums. That will be a large project. When your photos are done importing, you will have 2 large libraries at the end. So after confirming all of your photos are in the old library, you can delete the old one
Thanks. I hope it will work.
You are very welcome. I am certain it will work. Just give it time to finish importing.