How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Daniel Your Own Question
Daniel, Mac Genius
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 4770
Experience:  Apple certified on desktop and portable, help desk qualified. Have owned and used Macs since 1989.
Type Your Mac Question Here...
Daniel is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I try to copy my iphoto pictures to cd, only one album, so

Customer Question

I try to copy my iphoto pictures to cd, only one album, so that i can view them in windows or order print from it. after burning the disk my entire iphoto library disappear. How can recover my iphoto library ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
Hello, my name is Dan.
I will do my best to help you, the only stupid question is the unasked one.
Did you try clicking on Choose Library? If so what did it tell you?
What version of iPhoto are you using?
Where is the default location for the Library?
What version of OS X do you have?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
choose library = blank, no library to choose
Iphoto version = 8.1.2 (424)
mac os x = 10.6.5
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
Ok, try a rebuild.
Get this by holding both the Option and Command keys then opening iPhoto.
Let me know.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thumbnails under view does not have anything
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
Okay, try doing a safe boot, this runs UNIX repair routines which may find your library. It is worth a try and will do no harm.

To do a Safe Boot, restart and before the first chime press and hold the 'Shift' key.
Wait until you see the Apple logo and the spinning gear appear, then let go.
It can take as long as 20 minutes to load, so please be patient.
When the login screen appears it will say in red on the login window 'SafeBoot'.
Now login and give it a few more minutes to finish loading.
Try doing whatever it was it was giving you the problem. If it works then probably the problem is solved, so restart normally.
If the problem persists then restart normally also, other fixes will need to be done.
Let me know that makes a difference.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
sorry still nothing doing after the safe boot.
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
Well we might as well go through all the maintenance procedures.
I suggest repairing the permissions.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
repair permission complete
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
No joy?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
what shall i do now. still cannot recover the old library
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
I suggest doing a search for jpeg files using Spotlight. You are looking for a folder named Originals, this will have all photos that were in your Library.
After that, if it fails, then I suggest Data Rescue. I do not think that your Library is gone but just hidden.
You might want to use Tinker Tool, TinkerTool for Mac, it will toggle hidden files on so you can see them.
It may make Find Library find it.
Let me know.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
i cannot find folder - original.

how can i go to data rescue or use Tinkertool for Mac

I think I have to cancel as i am not satisfied. thank you.
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.
Data Rescue is this utility and I gave you the link for TinkerTool. Here is the link for Data Rescue, I forgot that before.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I don't want to continue this anymore. I looks like I am going no where.

Thank you in Christ Jesus.
Expert:  Daniel replied 6 years ago.