5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 12, 2012 9:58 PM by davidfrombayside
davidfrombayside Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My iPhoto library somehow is messed. All of the events were combined into one event. I  iPhoto closed unexpectedly and I am not able to "undo." I tried to retosre my file from a recent Time Machine backup, but I get a message that there is not enough storage on my drive to copy the iphoto file from TM. 


My question is how tdo I safely restore my iphoto file that is now on time machine.

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,970 points)

    It's simple, you need more space.


    You can restore to an external disk too.






  • davidfrombayside Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It won't be easy to create more space.

    Can I delete the iphoto library on the imac to create more space and then restore iphoto libray  from Time Machine? The TM backup is on a separate external drive.


    I really don't want to mess this up.

    Thank you



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,970 points)

    You could but I would strongly caution against it. What if the back up is damaged in some way?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (67,310 points)

    Additional space is as easy as plugging in an external hard drive formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) and dragging your iPhoto library, switching to it and testing it and deleting the old library


    That is probably your only choice.



  • davidfrombayside Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you. I did what you said and was able to copy the iPhoto library to an external hd. I tested it and it works.


    I then deleted iPhoto file from Mac hd. Then I tried to restore my iPhoto file from yesterday using tm. This did not work as I keep getting error 36 messages that the restore can not be completed and tm shuts off.


    So I have my current messed up iPhoto  library on an external drive, no iPhoto library on my Mac hd and time machine files that became corrupted at some point.


    My goal is to restore my I photo library to how it was last night.


    Any further advice.


    Thank you very much. I'm very happy I backed up my file onto an external hd. I'm keeping that safe, for sure.