8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 8:19 PM by seth201
seth201 Level 1 (0 points)

Had an event of photos for Thanksgiving.  Suddenly the event box is empty.  I have time machine.  Just can't figure out how to restore the event.  Any idea how to restore my event from time machine.

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,030 points)

    You can not restore an event - you restore the iPhoto library - if you have disk space it is best to keep both until you are sure that the restore was good - see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US for TM instructions - basicallhy you launch TM, go back to the time you want to restore from, select the iPHoto library and click restore



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    What do you see in the event?  Blank thumbnails? Thumbnails but no full sized photos?  The photos may be there but the library database may be damaged.  It could be fixed.  Describe exactly what you see in the Event.


  • seth201 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Larry.  I thought you could restore individual photos as well as events from TM.  Other posts on the web say you can; but I guess that has changed.

  • seth201 Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad,


    no blank thumbnails; just a blank event box with a gray generic pic of island trees.


    Regarding restoring the entire library...I am afraid I will loose tons of Christmas photos that I just imported if I restore to a previous library in my TM that would have the Thanksgiving photos that I am trying to restore.


    Any thoughts?



  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,030 points)

    Which posts? What version of iPhoto and of the OS? I do not believe you have been able to restore individual photos since iPhoto '08 when there was a browse backup command in iPhoto



  • seth201 Level 1 (0 points)

    It was a 2010 post from cultofmac.com


    If I restore the library from 12/1/12 will I loose the photos I imported today?



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)

    Did you try rebuilding the library's database file as follows:  make a temporary, backup copy of your library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) and  apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.




    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #3, followed by #4 and then #1 as needed.


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.


    3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option.


    4 - In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.


    5 - Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

  • seth201 Level 1 (0 points)

    #3 worked!  Thanks a million!