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Hey Xeb;
Just started reading your thread and it brought back all sorts of nostalgia. I worked as a service manager for a local ASP for about 2 years. I had many horror stories but one that really stands out is when a customer came in with an iMac that wouldnt boot. Opened that bad boy up and it was infested with ants, and I mean thousands of ants if not more. They had built a colony on top of the PSU, eventually they had shorted out the PSU which caused the unit to not boot anymore, also killing every single ant in the machine as well.
Took me forever to clean the mess out of the unit and off my work bench.

That's disgusting.
    
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If only half the Mac techs I've met are as resourceful as you Xeb.
It seems to be the nature that most Mac tech (Apple or not) will try for a half hour or so and then just replace the drive.
Most are just nubs who started as sales people at an Apple store who were just promoted because they sold a lot of Applecare. I was a Genius at an Apple store and the majority of the people I worked with were border-line retarded. I eventually got out and work for an AASP now, but most of the good techs have moved on and there are only three of the A teamers left company wide.
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Another monstrous iPhoto Libra- Wait, what the hell is this?

So... here is a hell of a pickle,situation, conundrum, and possible hair puller.... and right now I would love to have a nice tall glass of cyanide.

Customer brings in 2 machines (I will refer to this customer as Lisa). Its something simple: Take iPhoto Library on 15" Macbook Pro and fix it, then move the iPhoto library over from the 17" given to the 15" and blend them together. Well... that went to hell in a hand basket, then dropped off a cliff and submerged into a pit of fire, only to be pulled out and smashed against a rock...multiple times.

I go to power on the 17" MBP (Mid 2009), but nothing happens. I press the battery indicator button the side...and well. Full charge. Grab an 85W charger and plug it in, disconnect the battery (after removing the bottom case). Still nothing. Short the power pads. nothing. Short pin 5 with a ground on the keyboard connector. Nothing. Thing is dead as dead can be... But wait! What is this? THERE IS NO FRACKING HARD DRIVE!!!!




Well... lets set that to the side for now. I now put my attention to the 15". iPhoto opens, wants to repair itself. Okay fine. I let it do its thing. It opens, but complete lockup when I try to close it down... O-o. I try to rebuild it again. Same thing. So, I got to thinking how big the library was... and that is when the horror struck me like a freight train. 267GB iPhoto library AND a second 53GB library!


*pushes machine off counter into Betsy*




Back in Reality

I knew that if the iPhoto library was that big, then the only way to fix it was to do one of 2 things:
A) Break it apart by year into multiple libraries
B) Import it into Aperture... like the one I had earlier.


So I open it to start ripping out the Master's folder I find something something strange. I mean strange... There was so much crap inside the thing. I mean, not the usual stuff you find in a iPhoto library, I mean A music folder, documents, random pictures, quicken documents, my missing underwear, the kitchen sink, and I think my grandma's missing cat. I mean, you don't just "accident;y" put this amount of crap into the library unless you open it to view its contents, then drop everything inside. So, I remove everything that doesn't belong in there and what do you know, the iPhoto library shrunk 216GB!!!! WHAT THE HELL?! YOU DON'T JUST PUT 216GB OF DATA INTO THE iPHOTO LIBRARY BY ACCIDENT!

After yanking everything, then doing my best to put stuff where it belongs (but there is still a large amount of crap that has to be sorted through), I get to business. Rebuilding the iPhoto library wasn't doing any good, so I have to build another one. I take both iPhoto libraries out of the pictures folder and create a new one (hold down option when you start iPhoto). Then, I take the Master folder from one and drop it into iPhoto, letting it rebuild. Afteward, drop the other iPhoto library's masters into it, telling it not to import duplicates.

Now, that merges the 2 iPhoto libraries (Oh, and BTW, I am doing all this with only 40GB left on the hard drive), however, there is another issue going on. You know all the crap I pulled out earlier? Well, there were random innards of iPhoto libraries in there and a lot of photos. So, I through those in there as well. As of right now, I have Duplicate Annihilator running to remove any dupes that may be present.

After all that work, there is now 78GB free on the drive thanks to consolidating the iPhoto libraries and pictures...


Back to the 17"
The 17" has a bad logic board... but I don't have the customer's drive... So i give her a call and tell her the situation. She answers and asks if the hard drive is the thing next to the battery (okay, she has been inside of her machine mad.gif). Right now I am waiting to see if she can bring that in.


What the hell just happend?
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These type of people shouldn't own computers... it's so simple, don't open up your computer if you don't know what you're doing... this thread just makes me laugh!

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These type of people shouldn't own computers... it's so simple, don't open up your computer if you don't know what you're doing... this thread just makes me laugh!

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The sad thing is.. .these people keep me gainfully employed.
 
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Brilliant reading as always Xeb
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Wow, My question is how did that lady get into that 17" macbook? from what I know those are hard to open up rolleyes.gif
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10 screws at the bottom only I believe
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Wow, My question is how did that lady get into that 17" macbook? from what I know those are hard to open up rolleyes.gif

Unibody MBP have 10 philips heads holding the bottom case on. You just need a #00 phillips to get into it.

Second Gen and new Macbook Airs have 10 pentelope #000 screws holding the bottom case on, same for the Retina MBPs.

The old nonunibody are a bit harder to get into as under the memory door, there are 2 T6 screws. But then there are 4 #00 screws along the back side (near the vent), and 2 on the sides of the vent, 4 along each side, and 2-4 inside the top of the battery well. Then the topcase pops off.

White Macbook unibody has 8 screws holding the bottom case on, and the silver macbooks are the same as the unibody MBPs. The nonunibody macbooks are annoying, but not very hard to get into.

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+MacBook+Core+2+Duo+Upper+Case/515/1
Edited by Lord Xeb - 12/6/12 at 8:22pm
 
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