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Cannot restore iPhoto library due to "permissions"

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  • Robert Mac User Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:12 PM (in response to davidmarc)

    Another user posted the solution that worked for me, and I am adding to the explanation here.

     

    Like other users, when I tried to restore via the finder, it froze part way through with the "don’t have permission to access iPhoto Library" message.

     

    Try accessing Time Machine via iPhoto instead.  If iPhoto won't open, you can use Finder to move the iPhoto Library file to the trash.  I assume you have a backup iPhoto Library on Time Machine in the Pictures folder.

     

    Then open iPhoto, and it will ask you if you want to create a new iPhoto library.  Have it do that.  It should create a blank iPhoto Library file in the Pictures folder. 

     

    Leave iPhoto open, and click on File.  The bottom item of the drop down menu should be "Browse Backups." Click on that, and give it time to pull up the backups from Time Machine. Time Machine should open from iPhoto, rather than Finder.  The difference is you should see just the iPhoto part of your backups. If you give it enough time, you should be able to see your pictures in Time Machine.  All your photos should be there, and you can restore events, albums, or photos. Select the restore point along the right hand timeline.  You probably want to "Restore All."  I just restored the photos, and they aren't categorized like I had them before. 

     

    This will take time.  My 5,000 photos took all night and part of the next day.

     

    My Time Machine also started backing up in the middle of the restore, so I told it to stop backing up. 

     

    Good luck!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)

    Thanks Robert for the post, hope it helps somebody!

  • jcorkett Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Very similar experience but with Aperture. No permissions or not enough. Convinced TM to try and restore to different locations after granting everyone in the neighborhood rights to TM including a stray dog that was passing by. The serendipitous moment was when I trashed all of the newly-created but empty Aperture Library files, opened Aperture and went to Import library or project. I then went to my time machine and opened it (right from Aperture) drilled down to a back-up from last week and said O.K. It is now 'merging' to two databases, the one from TM and the 'empty' one, just as it would if I had asked it to WiFi merge my MB Pro and the iMac. It's taking forever but it has mounted the missing projects, claims it was 'copying Masters' (whew!) and is now working on 'copying Previews'.

    The key seems definitely to be not perform a restore from TM but to convince Aperture itself to import the missing library(s) as you would import any other set of pictures. I assume iPhoto would work in a similar fashion.

    Hope this is useful :-)

    jc

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)

    Good work, thanks for the post... and the chuckle!

  • Joe Timm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Worked Perfectly!

  • supergaby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2012 8:57 AM (in response to sbrand)

    THiS WORKED FO RME ALSO!!!

    1- Create new iPhoto library in the Picrures folder with the SAME NAME the iPhoto library in the Time Machine has.

    2- From iPhoto "Browse Backups" then restore!

     

    Thank you very much for the solution! This was SUPER EASY and not having to use Terminal! :-)

  • Richard Liu Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 5:43 PM (in response to supergaby)

    I'm using iPhoto 9.3.2.  There is no "Browse Backups" under "File" ... or anywhere else that I can see.  And attempting to restore iPhoto Library from a Time Machine backup fails with the error message descrribed elsewhere in this thread, nor is there any way in Time Machine to modify the permissions of the iPhoto Library selected for restoration nor to compress it.  Those things can evidently be done directly on the Time Machine backup, but that strikes me as a bit dangerous.  I am running OS X 10.7.4.

  • supergaby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try what i did! Really, after trying MANY things this one worked like a charm!!

     

    1- Create new iPhoto library in the Pictures folder with the SAME NAME the iPhoto library in the Time Machine has.

    2- From iPhoto "Browse Backups" then restore!

     

    Hope it works! Let me know if you need extra help.

  • Richard Liu Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 3:51 AM (in response to supergaby)

    Where in iPhoto 9.3.2 do I find "Browse Backups"???  As I said above,

     

    There is no "Browse Backups" under "File" ... or anywhere else that I can see.

     

    Maybe that has something to do with OS X?  I'm on OS X 10.7.5.

  • supergaby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    PLEASE make sure Time Machine is ON and connected...

    then open iPhoto

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  • supergaby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 4:14 AM (in response to supergaby)

    i'm sorry, you are right, iPhoto 9.2 or later with Lion NO LONGER has the browse backups option.

    TRY THiS LiNK:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4927

  • supergaby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 4:16 AM (in response to supergaby)

    This method DOES NOT WORK FOR LiON.

  • Paco Level 4 Level 4 (1,365 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to supergaby)

    This worked for me with iPhoto 11 in ML: Open TM to a point that you know has a good iPhoto Library. Select User>Pictures and click Restore. In my case, it then asked for my password and proceeded to copy that version of the Pictures folder into my home folder. When it finished, it took about half and hour, I had a completely restored iPhoto.

  • miserable user Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 9:07 PM (in response to Paco)

    It seemed as though this was working = but now I am getting the message that there is insufficient space for my library - although the library is only 156 GB, and I have 307GB available on my hard disc, the message I get says that it needs 180 GB and that I have only 56 GB left. What gives? (Sigh.)

  • Paco Level 4 Level 4 (1,365 points)

    I'm not sure why that is happening. It may be doubling up the files in the picture folder.Try dragging your existing Pictures folder to another location e.g. desktop then let TM do its thing. It should restore the Pictures folder in the correct location. If that doesn't work you will still have your old Pictures folder on the desktop, and you could put it back.

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