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Like many others, all of a sudden a lot of my photos are just showing up as exclamation marks in iPhoto although I can see the thumbnails. As suggested by some, I tracked the original files for those photos in the iPhoto Library. My digital camera ta

Like many others, all of a sudden a lot of my photos are just showing up as exclamation marks in iPhoto although I can see the thumbnails. As suggested by some, I tracked the original files for those photos in the iPhoto Library. My digital camera takes pics around 2 MB per photo. The ones I am able to view in iPhoto (v.6) are that size in the iPhoto library, but the ones replaced by exclamation marks are surprisingly in the 50-100 kb size. So, reimporting them into iPhoto results in very poor quality pics. I have no idea how the file sizes diminished in the library on their own.
I am using OS 10.4.11 and so don't have TimeMachine. So, no regular backup. Fortunately, I have a backup of most of my photos, except the last 300 or so.
Any help on why the filesizes changed and how I can recover the original files will be appreciated. Btw, the "Revert to Original" is grayed out for all the damaged photos.
Thanks.
Subbu

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You don't need Time Machine to make a back up. There are hundreds of back up utilities. If you care about your photos you should have a regular back up schedule and an up-to-date back up. If you had a simple restore would solve this problem.
The ! turns up when iPhoto loses the connection between the thumbnail in the iPhoto Window and the file it represents.
This is a symptom of a damaged Library database. You can ignore the first option:
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 *iPhoto 6* 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.
As to the filesizes: where are you seeing these 50 - 100kb files? In the Originals Folder? In the Data Folder?
Have you been arranging things in the iPhoto Library Folder?
Regards
TD

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