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Ask Max: How can I restore iPhoto?

Asked on 10/01/2008:

I recently lost my internet connection while emailing some photos and had to use my on/off button to shut the computer down ...since then my iPhoto will not start and I get a message ™an unexpected error occurred ...error code 5016™ with a companion message ™your iDisc is not available because connecting iDisc server failed.™ My iTunes is still working.

What needs to be done to restore iPhoto to my computer?


When your iPhoto 6, or newer, library becomes damaged there is a way to auto-rebuild the library file.

Follow these six steps:

  • → Quit iPhoto if it is open.
  • → Hold down the Command and Option keys on the keyboard.
  • → Open iPhoto.
  • → Keep the keys held down until you are prompted to rebuild the library.
  • → A dialog will appear with rebuild options. Select the options you want to use.
  • → Click Rebuild to begin the rebuild process. This may take a few minutes to complete.

    More information on this can be found by checking out Apple's support page for rebuilding the iPhoto library.

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