James Haefele
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spamager reviewed on 15 Mar 2013
My situation: 280GB iPhoto Library with ~40K photos and movies sitting on my MBP. I use Backblaze online backup(but hadnt backed up in 4 weeks with lots of photos uploaded - not to mention the chunked up way you would need to download iPhoto components to restore - or pay the $189 fee to have files prepped and shipped - glad the feature is there but...), but my NAS solution at home was not so great and always had issues with Time Machine so no local backup.

Well my 2.5 year MBP started having issues - got real sluggish, started doing funky things and then it crashed. Hard Drive corruption. after a bunch of steps to get it back up, still lots of hard drive errors that even after repair still issues.

New SSD and a $20 CabletoGo SATA drive adapter (AWESOME and Great value BTW!) and I could get to my old drive which had the iPhoto Library on it. PROBLEM: because of disk corruption, there were parts of the library and pictures that couldn't be read and could fix with iPhoto - and therefore could not Copy the library to new drive!

Not wanting to individually copy all the masters and recreate iPhoto for ~40K pictures, i scoured for a solution.

voila - IPhoto Library Manager. This might sound corny, but this program saved my most valuables and time. I decided to split the one monolithic library up, and used iPLM to copy off the old iPhoto library into the new ones. Im 30K pictures through (IT is pretty quick relative to what its doing) and the added benefit is it has called out 14 of the photos it just couldn't read back from the disk[because of disk corruption], which will allow me to selectively grab those back from my cloud backup.

Easy to use, lightweight and well worth it in this kind of situation.
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