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2009-10-14 iPhone and iPhoto Hassle

My iPhoto crashed three times in a row trying to import pictures from my iPhone. I started with 47 pictures. The third time around I said “don’t delete originals” and ended up with 7 (!) pictures in my iPhoto.

Luckily enough I found the remaining pictures in my iPhoto Library:

Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208 contained the 47 files I needed.
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208_2 contained 12 files.
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208_3 contained 7 files.

So I copied the 47 seven files from that folder to my Desktop and dragged them back into iPhoto. It worked!

As I look around in my Library folder, I find a lot of mysterious data junk, but I’m afraid of cleaning it up. Who knows what iPhoto will need? Does anybody know how to clean up an iPhone library has been in use since 2004 and contains around 7500 images? I’m using iPhoto 6.0.6.

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I have iPhoto 6.0.6 on my iMac. I did a fresh install of Snow Leopard so it was a good opportunity for a clean up. I had about five thousand photos in the Library. I created a new library by launching iPhoto for the first time (in the new install) and then dragged the folders from my old library from a backup folder on an external drive. I then also copied across some folders from the new library to iPhoto v7.1.5 on my MacBook and that updated no problem. I find it useful at times to create new iPhoto Libraries by holding the option key when launching iPhoto, which also presents a choice to open any one of a number of existing Libraries.

Deane Williams 2009-10-27 11:52 UTC


Hm, good point. I should try creating a new library and then moving the photos over from the old one.

AlexSchroeder 2009-10-30 11:17 UTC

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