Unlock iPhoto library easily

If you are an iPhoto user then you must have encountered a situation when the iPhoto library gets locked and you have been unable to unlock iPhoto library even after repeated attempts. One encounters an error message like the following when trying to access the iPhoto library?

"The iPhoto Library is locked on a locked disk, or you don't have permission to make changes to it."

There are a number of reasons that give rise to the situation which are given as under:

  • More than one copy of the iPhoto are trying to access the library: One might get the error message when the iPhoto library is stored over a server and then it is accessed over the network through file sharing from some other machine or network disk like Time Capsule, NAS drive, Airport Extreme, etc. Therefore, it is essential that one makes sure that no other machine on the network accesses that iPhoto library.
  • Permissions to open the library are not available: One needs to have the necessary permissions for the read or write purpose in order to open the library. Without the necessary permissions the user would not be able to browse the contents of the library.

So, the question that you must be pondering over is how do I unlock iPhoto library. To unlock iPhoto library you need to follow a few simple steps:

If the iPhoto library is on a CD or DVD or other read only media like a USB stick then the iPhoto library cannot be accessed from that disk. To get rid of the problem you need to copy the library on the hard drive where you would be able to modify it and then add the copy to the iPhoto library manager with the Add Library button. Now the copy of the library can be viewed.

If the iPhoto Library is over a network disk using the Time Capsule, NAS drive or Airport Extreme, etc then ensure that the user account has the write permissions.

However, if you are not able to unlock the library and access the data then you can make use of an efficient and reliable third party iPhoto library recovery software to recover the data stored in it.