4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2013 12:21 PM by RobertoKay
RobertoKay Level 1 Level 1

I have been trying to add my iPhoto Library to files for time machine backup.

I was instructed to click on the Options minus button - but it is greyed out and not functional. 

What is the solution ?

Your help will be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Roberto Kay 


iMac (21.5-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7)
Solved by Bob Timmons on Jan 19, 2013 4:50 PM Solved
You can "see" the iPhoto library in Time Machine backups, but you cannot "open" the library or "browse" the contents while you are in Time Machine. Apple makes you restore the entire iPhoto library to another destination...like your desktop....if you want to retrieve a few older images that you may have deleted by mistake. This is a convoluted mess, but unfortunately, that is the way it is. See Pondini's excellent, detailed information on this: http://pondini.org/TM/15.html You might also want to post in the iPhoto support area to see if the experts over there might have a workaround for you. I cannot find one, but I'm not an iPhoto expert. iPhoto
Reply by LaPastenague on Jan 19, 2013 3:17 PM Helpful
You do not add things to the exclude list.. you only exclude things that are by default excluded.. if there is nothing on the list it is included. It is kind of inverted thinking.  If the iphoto library is on your normal OS disk it is included.  Why do you think it is excluded? Is it installed on a different disk? That disk has to be HFS+ format to be included in the TM backup. It has to be local disk not network disk.. TM cannot backup network disks.

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  • LaPastenague Level 9 Level 9

    You do not add things to the exclude list.. you only exclude things that are by default excluded.. if there is nothing on the list it is included. It is kind of inverted thinking.

     

    If the iphoto library is on your normal OS disk it is included.

     

    Why do you think it is excluded?

     

    Is it installed on a different disk? That disk has to be HFS+ format to be included in the TM backup.

    It has to be local disk not network disk.. TM cannot backup network disks.

  • RobertoKay Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks. My iphoto library is on my OS disk.

    The reason I think it is excluded is that I cannot locate or reach it in time machine.

     

    Anyway, thanks for trying tohelp.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    You can "see" the iPhoto library in Time Machine backups, but you cannot "open" the library or "browse" the contents while you are in Time Machine.

     

    Apple makes you restore the entire iPhoto library to another destination...like your desktop....if you want to retrieve a few older images that you may have deleted by mistake.

     

    This is a convoluted mess, but unfortunately, that is the way it is.

     

    See Pondini's excellent, detailed information on this:

     

    http://pondini.org/TM/15.html

     

    You might also want to post in the iPhoto support area to see if the experts over there might have a workaround for you. I cannot find one, but I'm not an iPhoto expert.

     

    iPhoto

  • RobertoKay Level 1 Level 1

    Hello Bob,

    Thank you very much. Pondini' website is great. It solved my problem.

    Take care and have a nice day.

    Robert K.