Was iPhoto causing data corruption and permissions errors?

A while ago, prior to my MacBook’s hard drive being replacd, I noticed that something was occasionally eating pictures. Some photos would come through looking like they’d been run through a circular saw and then sloppily glued back together. Others would cause iPhoto to take its sweet time while opening a picture. Weeks later, while trying to look at some pictures in the Finder, I noticed picture files in the iPhoto Library that had a size of 0K (zero kilobytes). The corresponding picture in iPhoto would cause grief in iPhoto, sometimes crashing the program. (Thankfully in this day of Mac OS X, one crashing program does not the whole computer bring down.)

So, is it iPhoto? Is it the Samsung camera? Could it have been that one time I accidentally unplugged the camera before unmounting it via iPhoto or Finder caused a cascading stream of data corruption and bad blocks on the hard disk that were later diagnosed at the Apple Store? I never had problems with any other files, only those in the iPhoto Library. Inquiring minds want to know!

P.S. — Hello MacSurfer.com!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.