Re-importing into iPhoto 06 Quick Question
My photos are on an external hard drive. I jogged the wire the other day during an import and stopped the import. When I next loaded up iPhoto all the photos had changed to ! , so I reimported them, which all worked fine, but it's reimported everything including the thumbnails, so I now have every picture at least twice and want to get rid of all the small sized files.
Can I do it a quick way like search for photos below a certain size or should I import from a different point? I imported from the iPhoto directory, but should I have been a bit more specific on a sub directory? I want to make sure I get the original photos and any photos I've edited.
Finally, should I delete the existing thumbnails in one of the directories before I re-import?
It’s not a quick question.
so I reimported them, which all worked fine, but it's reimported everything including the thumbnails, so I now have every picture at least twice
This was not the way to go about this. You’ve now imported to a damaged database and that is inherently unstable.
There is no way to search on file size in iPhoto. You may have some luck with Duplicate Annihilator
However, do you still have the original library? If so, here’s how to start over:
Try these in order - from best option on down...
1. Do you have an up-to-date back up? If so, try copy the library6.iphoto file from the back up to the iPhoto Library allowing it to overwrite the damaged file.
2. Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.
Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.
3. If neither of these work then you'll need to create and populate a new library.
To create and populate a new library:
Note this will give you a working library with the same Rolls and pictures as before, however, you will lose your albums, keywords, modified versions, books, calendars etc.
Move the iPhoto Library to the desktop
Launch iPhoto. It will ask if you wish to create a new Library. Say Yes.
Go into the iPhoto Library on your desktop and find the Originals folder. From the Originals folder drag the individual Roll Folders to the iPhoto Window and it will recreate them in the new library.
When you're sure all is well you can delete the iPhoto Library on your desktop.
In the future, in addition to your usual back up routine, you might like to make a copy of the library6.iPhoto file whenever you have made changes to the library as protection against database corruption.