How to Recover iPhoto Library?

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  • Lost, deleted or inaccessible media files can be extracted in no time
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  • Assures no modifications to the original file structure
  • Also revives files from Mac drives, iPods, MacBook, USB drives and so on

The iPhoto is an Apple provided application built for Mac operating system and comes bundled with each Macintosh computer. iPhoto application is used to import, maintain, share, print, and edit digital pictures. This iPhoto application organizes pictures and your library information in a specific folder called the iPhoto Library Folder. All the image files that iPhoto imports are copied in this library folder. Along with photographs, the iPhoto Library Folder also contains some data files that represent attributes like ratings, keywords, albums etc. If this information or photos are deleted somehow, you will no longer be able to access them. Such situations necessitate Mac recovery tools that can recover iPhoto library.

At several times users have noticed that the photo library went missing from the iPhoto application on your Mac machine. It indeed sounds disappointing to have had to lose some crucial media files on your iPhoto. Well, you don't have to worry a bit, even if you have actually moved your iPhoto library to the trash and then physically emptied the trash, your photos are still on your Mac hard drive. However, the deleted files will not appear in the folder that iPhoto requires them to be. So in such situations to restore iPhoto library on your Mac computer you need to make use of the reliable Mac drive recovery software, to more

Although Mac OS X has a number of security features and services, it may sometimes come across various problems which result in an image file loss.

Factors leading to the corruption of iPhoto library are highlighted below:

  • Corruption of the iPhoto Library: Sometimes, your iPhoto library may get corrupt and causes iPhoto application to crash and become unusable resulting in a photo loss. This situation occurs when the iPhoto Library structure is having some issues.

  • iPhoto library manager malformed: AlbumData.xml file is only written by iPhoto and you cannot change the information in your library by modifying it. Sometimes, iPhoto library manager, which allows you to rebuild the database of your iPhoto library, may display an error message like “The data file for this library is malformed”. This error may occur, when your iPhoto writes the malformed data to AlbumData.xml file, as a result, it may not allow you to read the particular image properly resulting in a photo loss.

  • An occurrence of invalid characters in AlbumData.xml file: AlbumData.xml file may contain some invalid characters such as ampersands, invisible null characters, etc., which may not allow you to access the photos from iPhoto Library. Generally, the keywords, which are embedded with metadata of photo files, may contain null characters, resulting in corruption of data file. Because the invisible null characters do not allow the iPhoto to find the photo files and write the corrupted information to the data file.

You can overcome the above-stated scenarios by rebuilding the iPhoto library based on AlbumData.xml file, which is used by the Aperture and Front Row to find albums and photos in iPhoto library. Also, you need to maintain an updated backup of all your photos so that you can easily restore it back from the backup file when you have lost or deleted the photos from the iPhoto Library. If you don’t have any backup file, then the only option left, that is to o make use of the third-party recovery tools to restore iPhoto library on Mac OS X.

The finest way to restore iPhoto library on Mac

Mac drive recovery software helps you to recover lost or deleted photos from the corrupted iPhoto library. This software can also recover lost or deleted audio and video files from the Mac Operating system. By employing this tool, you can restore the lost file from partition even after a time machine failure in Mac. HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 are the different types of file system supported by this software. You can view recovered photos in Mac finder-styled interface and if you are not able to find files in recovered data list then you can use a fast built-in tool called “Find Tool” to find the files in the recovered data list. With this software, you can also retrieve files from an accidentally formatted partition on Mac Mini, iMac and MacBook Air. To more about Mac Mini recovery move here. This software supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Mac Operating systems. You can also recover lost image files from notebook, iMac, and iBook and MacBook.

Steps to recover iPhoto Library:

1: Run the Mac Partition Recovery software. The main window will appear as shown in Fig 1. Click on "Recover Photos" for media edition and then choose "Recover Lost Photos" to restore iPhoto library..

Restore iPhoto Library - Main Window

Fig 1: Main Window

2: You will be prompted to specify the drive from where software needs to recover iPhoto library as shown in Fig 2. Select the Mac HDD and click on "Next" button.

Restore iPhoto Library - Select Drive

Fig 2: Select Drive

3: Upon completion of the scanning process, a list of recovered files will be displayed as shown in Fig 3.

Restore iPhoto Library - Recovered Files

Fig 3: Recovered Files

4: Select any file from recovered list and preview it. If you are happy with the results obtained, buy the full version to save the recovered files.

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