1. Sounds like it is
2. By restoring it. TM stores back ups in increments. To access the Library these increments have to be joined up to mke a library.
3. Not designed for that purpose.
There are other back up apps. DejaVu for instance stores the back up in an accessible way. Search on
MacUpdate for other alternatives
Thanks for that incredibly quick reply.
2) any advice on 'joining up increments'
3) I remember an Apple Store rep telling me that in case my laptop were stolen, (this happened to me once), that they could retrieve data from my Time Machine backup EHD. Does this mean I need to manually backup iphoto library to another harddrive. ?
Joining segments. Simple. Launch TM and go to the date/time you ant to use, select the iPhoto library and click restore. You use TM to manage the backups
You can also use TM to restore to a different Mac
I suggest you watch the TM tutorials. It is good to know how the software you are using works.