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by vascanj / January 11, 2011 12:38 PM PST

Hi! My mom has a macbook (black, NOT UNIBODY), and we were uploading photos onto it. Here's what happened.

So, I was browsing the memory card (which was connected to the reader), and thought if I dragged it and dropped it into iphoto, it would import the photos. Well, it took it out of the "list" of devices, but the card reader was recognized by IPhoto. Any help there?
THEN, I just used "command click" to select SOME photos and to have it upload... well, after a while (it was like 200 photos), it displayed an error message along the lines of:

"iPhoto could not upload the selected photos because it had trouble downloading an image"

So I thought that I would just import it again... right? WRONG. Most of the photos it tried to import were still there, but like 20 of them were gone. WIPED OUT. From the card (I suppose, because I tried looking there) AND from iPhoto. I even looked at the events and the trash. LUCKILY, I still have copies of those photos on MY mac, but still. Is there anyway to get them back on the card again?

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there are a number of photo recovery programs
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 12, 2011 1:05 AM PST

some are free, that will recover photos from a card.

never drag the card from the desktop to iPhoto, that is not a good idea.
Instead, when the card mounts on the desktop, iPhoto should open, read the card, and present the contents on the import page.

It is likely that some of the photo's have been corrupted on the card, for whatever reason, and even if you do recover them, they may be damaged.

this one, , has a free trial so that you can see if it can recover those pictures


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System info and all that other jazz...
by vascanj / January 12, 2011 6:20 AM PST

So, I have MAC OSx, leopard, I think... My mom has MAC OSx Snow Leopard, I'm almost SURE of it. Like I said, her computer is the older model of Macbooks, which are not unibody, and have the battery compartment on the bottom. Mine is the newer generation of macbooks. Could someone help me? The card reader is in the other computer as we speak, and has not been taken out yet.

If you need to know anything else... the version of iPhoto is either iPhoto '09 or '08.

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Do you need any other help,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 12, 2011 8:45 AM PST

other than that already given?

I could ask if you can recover the photo's using your machine but you have already said that you have the photo's on your computer already.

Why not just transfer them over to the other machine, reformat the card in the camera and move on?


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