9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2009 8:22 AM by fishboy
m1guel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I have 192 photos in iPhoto trash that I want to recover and can't seem to drag them from trash back to an iPhoto file or album. I thought they could be dragged to the desk top or similar and re-imported but selecting them all and dragging to a desk top folder (for re-importing to iPhoto) isn't allowed by the software.

Ideas?

Thank you, miguel

24" IMac, 2.4 GHz duo Intel, IGB mem, 667GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iPhoto 09; v8.02
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,925 points)
    Try select the pics in the iPhoto trash and Right Click and go Restore to iPhoto Library.

    Regards

    TD
  • m1guel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Very cool. thank you.
    m
  • fishboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is there a way to recover photos deleted from the iphoto trash? More went away than I meant to delete, but I did not realize it until I went back to the library.

    Rose
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (67,150 points)
    If you have not emptied the iPhoto trash then the solution given just above your post and marked as solving this thread is the way

    Try select the pics in the iPhoto trash and Right Click and go Restore to iPhoto Library.


    If you have emptied the iPhoto trash (and been notified that the action is not able to be undone) then file recovery software is your only chance - you can try file Salvage - http://subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?mainpage=product_info&productsid=1 - the trial version will tell you what it can recover - you have to purchase to actually recover the files


    LN
  • fishboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yup, photos deleted. Wish I hadn't moved quite so fast. I had a feeling that there was some program out there, thanks for the link. I appreciate it.

    Rose
  • fishboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok, new mystery.

    The File Salvage software is about $80., for anyone reading this thread who interested in their product. My husband pointed out that we have an external backup, and had just used it, so I went looking for the deleted photos on there, and finally found them. The photos have been restored now to the iMac (overwriting their original volumes) and though I can find them in the hard drive, and can see them in Preview, I cannot get iPhoto to display them.

    Any suggestions on how to get the iPhoto software to see these "old" photos? Should I have restored them to the Desktop, and then re-imported them into the iPhoto program?

    Thanks much for your assistance/advice. It is wonderful to know that someone (or several someones) is/are out there to help those of us not-quite-so-computer-literate folks.

    Rose
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,925 points)
    Try Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.

    Regards

    TD
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (67,150 points)
    Any suggestions on how to get the iPhoto software to see these "old" photos? Should I have restored them to the Desktop, and then re-imported them into the iPhoto program?


    Yes - when you deleted them from iPhoto the only way to get them back is to import them - you should never make changes (deletions or additions) to the iPhoto library directly using the finder - to add photos to iPhoto they must be imported - the fact that they used to be in iPhoto (before you deleted them) does not change anything - as far as iPhoto is concerned they do not exist and they must be imported

    LN

    LN
  • fishboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Success! Wonderful! Thanks so very much you guys. Well done. All photos back in their albums.

    I am much smarter now. And certainly more cautious about emptying my trash cans!

    Rose
    Point Roberts, WA