3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 9:31 AM by Old Toad
drjoan827 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I know this has been posted before but I have an additional glitch.  I got a new iMac with Snow Leopard.  I had previously moved some photos from iphoto to my backup drive  (I think through the forbidden method of going into iphoto library.)  Since then those thumbnails remained but no photo available, which I did not address since I knew where they were.


After my TM restore, when I opened up iphoto it was looking for these photos and I got a popup for each one asking if I wanted to search or cancel.  I did this for the first fifty or so, then gave up.  I downloaded iphoto picture manager which I read about in a previous post, and rebuilt the library, but now I have zero pictures in iphoto.


Then I did a TM restore from iphoto library in finder, and seem to have restored these photos into the library, but iphoto does not see them.  I still have zero photos in iphoto.


I don't remember if I for some reason changed the location of the library folder, is there some way I can check this or change this?


Thank you for your advice.

Imac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 1. Re: Restore iphoto from time machine backup
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    Download and use  Find Any File  to search for a file named "Library6.iPhoto". It's a file that is in very iPhoto library.  FAF can search areas that Spotlight can't, like invisible folders, system folders and packages.  If there's another library on your hard drive FAF will find it.


    You can also try the following on the restored library:


    Starting over from scratch with new library


    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:


    1. Open the library package like this.





    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.


    3. Drag the subfolders of the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window a few at a time.





    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.




  • 2. Re: Restore iphoto from time machine backup
    drjoan827 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  This helps a lot.  It is a hassle to rebuild the events, albums, etc, but at least I found my photos.  Appreciate your help.

  • 3. Re: Restore iphoto from time machine backup
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    After getting the library back to where you want it go thru a coupld of Time Machine backups and then restore one of them (using the Keep Both option) and check the restored library to make sure it works as expected and has all of your photos.  Then do the same maybe once a month just to make sure TM is working as advertised.