I was emptying out folders and deleting unnecessary items and as I went to my pictures folder I simply just dragged everything to the trash not knowing that my whole iPhoto library was there.

When I hit empty trash a couple of seconds later I had realized what I had done and I hit cancel as it was in the process of deleting. Now when I try to open iPhoto it says "Your photo library is either in use by another application or has become unreadable". When I look at my picture space, it still basically has all the GB there, just a few missing.

Are my pictures still retrievable?

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If you purely want to salvage your photos, then this is the easiest way without any other software.

  1. Right-click on the iPhoto Library file and select Show Package Contents enter image description here
  2. Find the Masters folder and copy it somewhere, like your Desktop enter image description here
  3. Hold down Alt/Option key and open iPhoto again. This will bring up this window enter image description here
  4. Select New Library and import all the photos from the Masters folder that you copied to your Desktop in step #2

This should work, and create a new library with any photos that are still intact.

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