12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2011 1:53 PM by Jax'smac
emilycochran Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to restore specific photos from iphoto out of time machine. When I select the photo and press restore, it comes out of time machine and then iphoto quits unexpectedly. It has done it several times and I've even tried restarting my computer. Help please!

macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • 1. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    ACAGUILUZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. ANYONE GOT A SOLUTION???
  • 2. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)
    Are you doing this in iPhoto or using Time Machine? to restore a photo or photos do it from iPhoto to restore the entire iPhoto library do it from TM

    LN
  • 3. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    nakedpastor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem here. It worked a week ago or so. Today iPhoto quits unexpectedly when I try to restore a photo from iPhoto in Time Machine.
  • 4. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)
    Same problem here. It worked a week ago or so. Today iPhoto quits unexpectedly when I try to restore a photo from iPhoto in Time Machine.


    And I have the same question

    Are you doing this in iPhoto or using Time Machine? to restore a photo or photos do it from iPhoto to restore the entire iPhoto library do it from TM


    LN
  • 5. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    nakedpastor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. Thanks for responding. I guess I don't understand your question. My photo is in an external hard drive, all my photos from earlier are on this external hard drive. so i am in iPhoto on my computer, enter Time Machine with this hard drive connected, and it takes me back in iPhoto to that photo I want from 2008. i click on it and click "restore". it comes back to my desktop but iPhoto quits before the photo is restored. tried other photos. same problem.
  • 6. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)
    If you are in TM you do not restore a photo - you restore the iPhoto library as a single entity

    - if you want to restore a photo you use the iPhoto file menu ==> browse backups - you should not ever go into your iPhoto library either with the finder or with TM - it must be treated as a single entity - you only go into the iPhoto library using the iPhoto application

    LN
  • 7. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,700 points)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. Backup the library and try the two fixes below in order as needed:



    Fix #1

    Delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your User/Library/Preferences folder.



    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding the the Option key. You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.


    Fix #2

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys depressed and follow the instructions to rebuild the library. Select last three options.



    Click to view full size





    OT
  • 8. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    nakedpastor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey everyone. Thanks Old Toad for your suggestion. But I tried something else first. Here's what I did that finally enabled me to restore an old photo from my Time Machine archives in iPhoto:

    1. Shut down all other programs. Everything! Even iphoto. I had time machine up though.

    2. Went into my computer's hard drive, applications, then selected iPhoto from the applications and opened it.

    3. Went into "file" and chose "browse backups".

    4. selected desired photo in iPhoto and clicked "restore" in time machine.

    5. it worked! yay!

    Hope this helps others.
  • 9. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,700 points)
    Glad to hear you got it working. Evidently having those other apps open caused iPhoto to crash.
  • 10. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)
    if you want to restore a photo you use the iPhoto file menu ==> browse backups




    LN
  • 11. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    emilycochran Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. Yes, thanks for the responses. Although I'm still having the same problem. I've tried all the suggestions from both Larry and Old Toad. I'm going through iPhoto, file, browse backups and then select the specific picture to restore and press restore. The color wheel starts spinning, then iPhoto shuts down. I've closed all the other programs running and it still shuts down. Then I tried both of Old Toad's suggestions and then went through the same process and it still shuts down. Any other suggestions? Thanks!
  • 12. Re: restoring iphoto from time machine
    Jax'smac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was having the same problem and tried it a million different ways however I did find a way to get my old images off of the time machine. To access old pictures on time machine go to the date / Macintosh Hd/ then users/Users name (this should say ur name)/pictures/iPhoto Library right click on that, then choose show package contents. and the contents will pop up in a new window. it will show in columns modified and originals then it will sort by year and after that you should start to see your albums and photos. Hope this helps.