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iPhoto images missing from Time Machine

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Jan 18, 2013 7:11 AM

I can't find my iPhoto library in Time Machine.

 

I deleted my iphoto library from my Macbook recently.

When I go to previous Time Machine back ups, I can't find the library.

I have tried searching:

Library.photolibrary

dsc_ (which is the start of the filename for the photos in that library)

 

I can locate my iPhoto library, but when I open the enclosing folder there are no folders with images.

Is there anyway that I can locate the missing photos?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:30 AM (in response to pabloscrusie)

    Sorry, but I am confused by your question:

    First you are saying:

    I can't find my iPhoto library in Time Machine.

    ...

    but then:

    I can locate my iPhoto library, but when I open the enclosing folder there are no folders with images.

    Do you mean, you found the backup of your library, but the folder containing the library does not have image folders? That should not be a problem - an iPhoto library will look like a single very large file in the Finder. The image files with your photos should be inside this package. Or have you looked at the package contents and there are no image files inside the library?

     

    Have you tried to restore the iPhoto Library you found on your TimeMachine Backup to your Pictures folder? Doeos iPhoto not work with the restored library? Is that the problem?

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to pabloscrusie)

    If you are having iPhoto '11, the iPhoto Library should have the filename extension ".photolibrary"; you could search for that.

     

    By default your iPhoto Library would have been installed in your "Pictures" folder:

     

    User > Your Home Folder > Pictures > iPhoto Library.photolibrary.

     

    So to restore the iPhoto Library, select your "Pictures" folder in the Finder, before you enter Time Machine and dive into the Time Tunnel.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 7.06.46 PM.PNG

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,105 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 12:14 PM (in response to pabloscrusie)

    Here's another screenshot in support of leonieDF's post.

    ip11TMlibrestore.PNG

     

    OT

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,105 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:28 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    You should have given leonieDF the credit.  All I did was provide another visual aid to her solution.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    You are welcome, Pablo.

    All I did was provide another visual aid to her solution.

     

    But a great one, OldToad. Why does does your Time Tunnel show a bright light in the distance and mine does lead towards the darkness?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:56 PM (in response to léonie)

    It is that bright light at near death - he is "Old" Toad afterall

     

     

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,105 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:59 PM (in response to LarryHN)

    Hallelujah, I've seen the light!  Everytime I go into the Time Machine it's a near death experience.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 4:12 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    Interesting my bright lights are different from either of yours

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,105 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:43 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    I don't get that particular light any more.  That screenshot was taken with Lion or Snow Leopard.  That might be why it's different. What I get now is more like leonie's. 

     

    I guess as far as the "light" is concerned, "been there, done that".

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:45 AM (in response to Old Toad)

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