OS X Yosemite Photos will not start

PhotosI’ve recently upgraded my MacBook Pro to Yosemite, and I’ve shifted to Photos from iPhoto. Everything was working great until I took a vacation. On the vacation I took tons of pictures and videos. Burst mode is great for getting the right shot, but choosing the right picture out of 300 shots on the iPhone is not as easy. Fortunately in Photos you can sort through the images as well and choose the best one out of the pile.Burst Mode Pile

So after my trip (you never count your cards while you’re sittin’ at the table) I unloaded the iPhone pix into the Mac. Then things went south. It sat there seemingly doing nothing at all.  The only indication that something is happening in Photos is a small pie chart slowly filling, so slow that it’s hard to tell if it’s moving. After an hour or so I stopped waiting.

Then Photos stopped working too, so after killing the process, I tried to start it up again. However it started up in the FTUE (First Time User Experience) mode assuming I was starting from scratch. After the ‘oh crap’ moment I went searching for a solution. Unfortunately ‘Photos’ is a very generic term, and was not yielding much, I tried as many ways as I could think of to search for a solution to rebuild the library or start-up in another mode.

Fortunately I came across an article describing how to fix iPhoto migration issues. Photos has a special start mode.  Hold down the Option & Command keys when starting the app and it will bypass the startup check and jump right into the app. This helped me save my favorite photo from the trip that I took on June 26th, the day the Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States.

Everyone get married now!

Everyone can get married now!

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