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iPhoto '09 Restore Unsorted, Blurry Photos - Help!

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Macbook Pro 10.6.8

Western Digital Harddrive

iPhoto '09


My hard drive was recently wiped clean at the genius bar after it failed. I back up my computer using Time Machine on an external harddrive automatically. I restored my harddrive with no problem, but realized none of my photos were restored. After looking at other threads, I used time machine to manually restore my old iPhoto to the blank one. That didn't work.


I have three main problems:


  1. None of the photos are sorted properly. Some of the original albums exist, but some don't.
  2. The albums are full of tiny "Faces" thumbnails, which are a pain to go through and delete.
  3. When I click to enlarge the photos, they are blurry


I am desperate to fix this. I know there must be a way- there has to be, because I cannot come to grips with losing all of my photos. Something troubling- my iPhoto library size is 2.67 GB, even though there are thousands of pictures in the library. I can't imagine that time machine would only back up the thumbnails. I hope someone can help me out. I'm pretty heartbroken right now.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)

    It sounds very like you have imported the back up to an iPhoto Library and not restored it correctly.

  has details on how to restore an iPhoto Library from Time Machine.






  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    You do not import an iPhoto library into another iPhoto library - since you have the restored iPhoto library in a different location thatn the previous iPhoto library you depress the option ke and launch iPhoto and use the select library option to select it - it should be complete and exactly waht you had when you created it via the bakcup program



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    Not without help form you - what does happen?


    One possible solution is Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library database



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    You said you restored an iPhoto library to "New iPhoto" - that is the library to test and to try to rebuild (since it is on TM too another backup is not necessary)



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    What is the "test library" - we were trying to deal with the library you restored as "New iPhoto" according to your posts


    And you say the same thing happens as happened before (that was blurry photos) and then you say that you have nothing at all


    Sorry but remember we can not see your computer and totally depend on you providing accurate and concise information


    At this stage I have no idea what you have, what you are seeing or what you have done



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    What is the size of the restored library (and about how many photos should it have in it)?



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    Yes that sounds too small


    Launch Time Machine and look at the size of the iPhoto library at different times - see if there is a larger iPhoto library



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