My iPhoto (iLife 11, version 9.1.5) committed sepuku. No fear, I have backups.

The backups I restored, instead of having 182GB of poorly taken pictures, ended up taking 276GB. Something failed with the restore procedure. The backup application I'm using is CrashPlan (and I do have an open support request about this with them and they are looking into it). I restored the whole directory of pictures (the iPhoto Library) into another directory and opened it with iPhoto (by starting it while pressing alt/option).

I restarted iPhoto in maintenance mode (by pressing alt and command when starting iPhoto) and selected all options but the restore from backups. After regenerating everything, it claimed there were 27000 new pictures in there somewhere. As expected. I was offered to import them. I selected yes. Asmost all the pictures were duplicates and they are being ignored.

Now, my concern is, those pics must still be laying around. Any ideas how to find them and delete them?

Update: in this screenshot you can see the differences in sizes between the original library, now broken, the recovered and fixed library and re-recovered, unfixed library:

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  • What version of iPhoto - be careful as the marketing iPhoto '11 is currently version 9.1.5? Could you edit this to be a little more clear what changed between the Recovered and re-Recovered items?
    – bmike
    Aug 12 '11 at 17:39
  • @bmike I added the version. Between the recovered library was run in maintainance mode (by pressing alt and command) and I selected all options except one. The re-recovered is just as it was recovered from CrashPlan. Something important: the import of orphaned pics resulted in about 2700 new pics, so that might be the difference between re-recovered and broken.
    – pupeno
    Aug 12 '11 at 19:13

This usually happens when someone imports one library to another Can you describe the exact steps you took to restore the Library. What app did you use to back it up? Remember that dropping a Library onto the iPhoto icon will cause it to import too.

  • I didn't import one library to another, I opened the restored library with iPhoto. I added the description to the question. Thank you for the answer.
    – pupeno
    Aug 12 '11 at 5:31
  • Do you get offered to import these photos every time you start iPhoto?
    – terrydev
    Aug 12 '11 at 6:57
  • No, it only happened after maintenance mode and I haven't run that again.
    – pupeno
    Aug 12 '11 at 17:13

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