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I cant access my iphoto library. It says its damaged or unreadable.

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I can't access my iphoto library. It says it's damaged or unreadable. What do I do?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  robgranholm replied 7 years ago.
Hi, I can help with this issue, you need to rebuild your library! (THIS WILL NOT DELETE ANY PHOTOS) ... hold down the option key while opening iPhoto and select rebuild library...this should get you up and running again, report back here I'll be glad to follow up!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
my iphoto gives me options for rebuilding my photo library. They are:
1) rebuild the photos' small thumbnails
2) rebuild all of the photos' thumbnails (this may take a while)
3) rebuild the iphoto library database
4) recover oprphaned photos in the iphoto library folder
5) examine and repair iphoto library file permissions

which ones should i check off in order to rebuild my library? thank you so much for all of your help.
Expert:  iteachmac replied 7 years ago.
Hi , Sorry you have waited so long ??

I would like to help .

3) rebuild the iphoto library database.

If needed.
5) examine and repair iphoto library file permissions.

If needed.
2) rebuild all of the photos' thumbnails .

You should run a full repair on your Mac HD and repair permissions also for Mac HD .
You may fix issues that are related and more wide spread , a possible cause for the problem with iphoto library . .

Checks for correct running of OSX and applications on Mac OSX .

The Mac HD needs around 8 GB free to work correctly , esp with caches for imovie , iphoto etc ,and or scratch disk use with other applications ..

if you have allot of mp3 or movies on your Mac HD an less than 8GB free maybe its a good time to get an external HDD for extra storage ?

I can help relocate photos and itunes media folder if needed?

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It maybe some problems have been going on for a while with your system!

Lets run though some basic repair checks .

Repair Mac HD , Check Permissions with the OSX Startup volume.

To check for disk errors and possibly fix issues with the Mac HD volume and other Partitions .

Please run a Mac HD drive repair ,
and Repair Permissions of the Mac HD startup volume .

Disk Utility

1 Start from your Mac OS X Install disc: Insert the installation disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

2 When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu.
(In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)?

Important:- Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer.
If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.

3 Click the First Aid tab.

4 Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.

5 Choose your Mac OS X volume.

6 Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk.

If errors are found please run the check twice .

Report any errors in displayed RED to me .

Tip:- Always start up your computer from an Install or Restore disc when using Disk Utility to verify or repair your startup volume.
**Perform Disk permission repairs while Booted to your Mac HD as normal**.


Using the Repair Privileges Utility

For Mac OS X 10.2 or later, open Disk Utility found in the Applications/Utilities folder.

Select your Mac OS X startup volume in the column on the left of the Disk Utility window, then click the First Aid tab.

Click the Repair Disk Permissions button.

Please wait while the Mac HD is checked.

If errors are found please run the check twice .

Report any errors displayed in RED to me .

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Permissions Defined
Mac OS X incorporates a subsystem based on a UNIX-style operating system that uses permissions in the file system.
Every file and folder on your hard disk has an associated set of permissions that determines who can read, write to, or execute it.

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Also its best to get a full disk repair tool for future use :-

Drive genius may have prevent this problem as it seems your Mac HD had an error that needed to be fixed , Apple disk utilities is a basic application not intended for major disk error repairs or testing :-

http://www.prosofteng.com/products/drive_genius.php?PHPSESSID=d0291636841b25cf082e211e2d6def53

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If there's still no difference with your issue , please let me know .

Please provide all details of the remaining problem if any after the repairs are carried out to the Mac HD OSX installation , including what applications are affected .

Please let me know if you need any extra info regarding the above?

I will give full instructions to do so if necessary.

I hope this helps .

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
when i checked off the boxes i wanted to repair, it said "examining iphoto library" but then said my library was damaged or unreadable, just like it did before. But when i open iphoto holding down just option, it says that iphoto needs a photo library to continue. It says i can choose a library or create a new one. What should i do? thank you so much for all of your help.
Expert:  iteachmac replied 7 years ago.
Hi ,

Have you repaired the Mac HD while booted to the OSX install DVD ?

Your iphoto library is damaged somehow , holding option on start of iphoto will enable you to load in other iphoto library this is normal for working with more than one library .

Please try all the options as before .

1) rebuild the photos' small thumbnails
2) rebuild all of the photos' thumbnails (this may take a while)
3) rebuild the iphoto library database
4) recover orphaned photos in the iphoto library folder
5) examine and repair iphoto library file permissions

Do you have Time machine or any other backups of your iphoto library ?

Thanks.

Edited by iteachmac on 8/16/2010 at 11:58 AM EST

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