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HT1427 How do I restore photos stored in iPhoto from old backups?

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I'm desperate for some photos I downloaded a few days ago and they were missing the next day.  I'm not sure if they were back up or not and have no idea where they went.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,460 points)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities


    It's possible that they were backed up because Time Machine creates backups automatically. However, you must know that you can't restore individual photos in iPhoto, so you have to restore the whole iPhoto library.


    To restore the iPhoto library, read "Restoring data from Time Machine backups" > You have to go to the folder where the iTunes library is

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    If your intention is to recover additional photos from those already in your iPhoto Library and intend using a "Restore" from Time Machine or another source, first keep a copy of the original "iPhoto Library" with a different name, to avoid over-writing.


    You can hold the Opt key while opening iPhoto to see what libraries are present on the system and select one to see the contents.


    If you want to merge the two libraries, there is a facility in "iPhoto Library Manager" to do so.  It has other functions, to search for duplicates etc. I have not tried this and am not sure how successful it is at keeping album structures and photos with the same name but different contents.



    Always keep external backup copies of originals during such operations.


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