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    Jun 08, 2011
    Unhappy Photo Help!
    I'm fairly new to Mac.
    I now have an issue with my photos...When I open iPhoto, I can see the thumbnail of all my pics, but when I double click to open them, a grey '!' exclamation point within a grey window pops up instead...these photos (and vids), all opened normally at one time...

    I think it happened after I deleted a bunch of stuff from 'finder', which I thought was a 'mirror' image of recently viewed files-kinda like a PC would show in its menu...I've been "putting back" items from my trash but have thousands to go ...and it doesn't seam to fix the issue anyways...

    Not sure what to do...

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    Oct 01, 2007
    Mac Mini i5 (2014 High Sierra), iPhone X, Apple Watch, iPad Pro 12.9, AppleTV (4)
    Sounds like you've deleted/part deleted the iPhoto library!

    If it's still the trash you can just put it back.

    If you've been using time machine or another form of back up I'd use that. If not just keeping moving those items back from the trash.

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    Sawday's Avatar
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    Nov 19, 2006
    York, UK
    iMac: 24" Aluminium, 2.8 GHz, 4Gb RAM. iPad2, iPad mini2, iPhone5s
    Sounds to me as if you had iPhoto set to NOT import your photos. There is a choice in preferences to have iPhoto import them (creating a duplicate) or not. If the latter and you have now deleted them then they are gone.

    If putting back from Trash why not highlight all in Trash and put back in one go?
    Experience teaches you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.

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