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HT1427 Problem restoring photos

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cee.mill Calculating status...
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Jun 14, 2013 5:04 PM

I am trying to restore old photos.  I backed them up on Time Machine, then deleted them all for service on my laptop.  Now when I try to restore them from Time Machine, the message is "The item 'iPhoto Library' can't be copied becuase there isn't enough free space." I have been trying to restore from iPhoto library (time machine) to iPhoto library (current). Thoughts?

MacBook Pro
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 6:10 PM (in response to cee.mill)

    I'll see if Pondini can assist you.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 6:18 PM (in response to cee.mill)

    Unless a lot of data has been added, there should be room.  Were you nearly out of space before doing this?


    Was your HD replaced?


    How much space is free on your Mac? 

    And how large is the iPhoto library on the backups?

    Are you running Snow Leopard (10.6)?

    Where are the backups (external HD, Time Capsule, or what)?


    Ask if you're not sure how to find any of that, and post back with the answers.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 1:58 PM (in response to cee.mill)

    cee.mill wrote:

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    After I took my laptop in (nothing was replaced and no data was added), I tried to resore everything I had backed up.

    Ah, by using the Time Machine browser (the "Star Wars" display)?   If so, Apple doesn't make it clear, but what you need to do is restore the entire backup -- that will put everything back just the way it was.


    See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #14 for the gory details.


    I am unsure how to find how much free space I currently have on my laptop.

    We don't need to know now, but that's shown at the bottom of every Finder window, if you go to a Finder menubar and select View > Show Status Bar.


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