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How to restore iPhoto to its original size?

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jacfromkl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 18, 2014 12:10 AM

I had recently upgraded my iMac to 21.5-inch with OSX 10.8.5 and iPhoto '11.

In the process of wanting to transfer all my photos at iPhoto Library from my old Mac (OSX ver. 10.6.8 with iPhoto '08 ver. 7.1.5), I have accidentally reduced my iPhoto Library's size from 24GB to 14.8GB. when working with my Time Machine and Finder (TM showed the lesser size). Would like very much to know what are the implications? I'm unsure whether anything or any photos have gone missing.

However, when I open the iPhoto Library, it stated at the bottom bar, the exact number of photos/events as was previously therein and other details such as file name/keywords/etc are intact.

Would appreciate very much your expert advice before I transfer this reduced sized iPhoto library to my new imac. Or should further restoration be made using the Time Machine from the iPhoto window (Browse backups and restore/restore all)?

Much thanks for any help offered.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Copy iPhoto Library to iMac M/Lion
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 18, 2014 12:04 PM (in response to jacfromkl)

    If you still have the original available Connect the two Macs together (network, firewire target mode, etc)  or use an external hard drive formed Mac OS extended (journaled) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old Mac to the pictures folder of the new Mac - launch iPhoto on the new mac and it will open the library and convert it as needed and you will be ready move forward.

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 19, 2014 8:14 AM (in response to jacfromkl)

    1 - my advice was to drag the original to yoru new systm - not to drag a Time Machine backup

     

    2 - you do not drag and drop Time Machine backups - you restore them - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    LN

  • bjnoypi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 19, 2014 10:13 AM (in response to jacfromkl)

    I already did restore from back up but some of the files doesn't show. What should I do?

     

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 19, 2014 3:36 PM (in response to bjnoypi)

    third try

     

    Do you have the original library avaliable (not the TM backup - the original library on the old Mac)

     

    if you do (you have not yet said) then the solution is as originally posted

     

    Connect the two Macs together (network, firewire target mode, etc)  or use an external hard drive formed Mac OS extended (journaled) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old Mac to the pictures folder of the new Mac - launch iPhoto on the new mac and it will open the library and convert it as needed and you will be ready move forward.

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 19, 2014 10:27 PM (in response to jacfromkl)

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

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 20, 2014 7:32 AM (in response to jacfromkl)

    Yes IPLM is the next thing to try

     

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 20, 2014 8:27 AM (in response to jacfromkl)

    Well then unless you can go back and find an older library in Time Machine that has the photos the may well be missing

     

    You can right click on the iPhoto library and show package contents - look (do not make ANY changes of any sort) in the Masters folder and see if your photos are there? I'm guessing they are not

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Feb 12, 2014 8:07 AM (in response to jacfromkl)

    You are welcome - sorry that the outcome is not perfect

     

    as a quick note the iPhoto plibrary contains three versions of each photos - the orginal (in the masters folder), a preview of the current version (in the previews folder) and a very small thumbnail (in the Thumrnbials folder) - so the quick flashes you are seeing are the thumbnails but without the originals they are of no value

     

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