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Rebuild the iPhoto Library
Authored by: mcascone on Mar 08, '07 09:41:07AM

I have a question related to this hint.
I ran out of space on my powerbook, and started burning pictures off to DVD before importing them, with the "copy files to library..." feature turned off. This created a bad situation where iPhoto gets stuck looking for files that it can't find because their volumes aren't mounted. For image files, this only happens when you select them to do something with them, but apparently there's a bug in iPhoto in which if you have a movie file on an unmounted disc, it immediately looks for it at startup of iPhoto and hangs up with the Spinning Beach Ball of Death unless you have the volume available. So my iPhoto has become essentially unusable.

So, i took an old 120GB drive out of my old G4 tower, wiped it, and have repurposed it as a photos-only drive. I know i can just move the iPhoto Library to that drive and then point iPhoto at it, but i'd also like to rebuild it so that all of the originals are moved into the iPhoto library, basically returning it to a normal state with the "copy photos to library..." feature enabled.

Another way to put it that I think makes sense is this: I want to perform a function that does the same thing as iTunes' "Consolidate Library" command. This command in iTunes takes all of your dispersed music files and puts them in the correct place in the iTunes Music Library folder. That's what I want to happen with iPhoto - take the files that aren't in the iPhoto Library folder and move them into their correct location in there.

Is there a way to use the Rebuild Library function to do this? Has anyone experienced this before?


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