13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2015 3:32 PM by Terence Devlin
2Caipinirinhiasplease Level 1 (0 points)

My Macbook Pro is in a coma, but luckily I  backed up on the 20th May. I managed to get my itunes library back on my new iMac; but cannot figure out how to do the same with iPhoto. Any ideas out there?


Thanks in advance!

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,980 points)

    There is a time machine forum for detailed help with TM


    Maybe this page will help - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427



  • Festigeo8 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you go through your time machine backup through Finder (select the date you know it was working) then go to Macintosh HD > Users > your username > Pictures there should be the iPhoto Library. You can just copy this onto your computer. To open it up hold option while opening iphoto and it will promt you to select a library.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    You can just copy this onto your computer. To open it up hold option while opening iphoto and it will promt you to select a library.


    No you can't. You need to Restore it, not copy it. That's that the Restore Button is all about.

  • testexample Level 1 (45 points)

    Festigeo8 is correct. You will not be able to use the Time machine application as it will automatically try to restore from the iMac backup. If you go through Finder (open the external hard drive the backup is saved on) and go through the folders that festigeo mentions it will copy over fine.

  • testexample Level 1 (45 points)

    note that this wont merger with the iphoto library you have on your computer it will make a seperate library, however time machine will not do that anyway.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,980 points)

    Again - this is not the way to do this and generally does not work - you must use TimeMachine as designed - instructions link again  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427


    Note especially


    Restoring data from Time Machine backups


    With Time Machine you can go "back in time" to restore files, versions of files, or your entire system. Make sure your backup drive is connected and mounted (if not, Time Machine will alert you that "Your Time Machine backup disk can't be found."

    If prompted, enter an administrator name and password to proceed with the restore.

    Restoring specific files or folders

    Choose Enter Time Machine from the Time Machine menu and the restore interface appears. You can literally see your windows as they appeared "back in time."


    You can use the timeline on the right side of the window to reach a certain point back in time (the timeline shows the times of all backups on your backup drive). If you don’t know exactly when you deleted or changed a file, you can use the back arrow to let Time Machine automatically travel through time to show you when that folder last changed.

    Note: Dates in pink indicate the data resides on your Time Machine backup device. Dates in white indicate the data resides on your Mac. In OS X Mountain Lion and Lion, portable Macs have the feature of local snapshots. See thisarticle for details.

    You can also perform a Spotlight search in the Time Machine Finder Window search field to find a file. Simply type the Spotlight search field and use the back arrow to have Time Machine search through your backups to find what you are looking for.

    Before you restore a file, you can also use Quick Look to preview a file to make sure its the one you want. Highlight the file and press the Space Bar to bring up a quick look.

    To restore, select the file/folder and click the "Restore" button. The file will automatically be copied to the desktop or appropriate folder.  If the file you are restoring has another file in the same location with the same name, you will be prompted to choose which file to keep or keep both.

    Restoring your entire system from a backup

    If you are restoring a backup made by a Mac to the same Mac

    With your backup drive connected, start up your Mac from the Recovery system (Command-R at startup) or Mac OS X v10.6 installation disc. Then use the "Restore From Time Machine Backup" utility.

    Note: If "You can't restore this backup because it was created by a different model of Mac" appears when restoring a backup that was made on a different Mac, follow the onscreen instructions.

    If you are restoring a backup made by one Mac to a completely different Mac

    Important: If the backup you are about to restore is from a completely different Mac, use the Migration Assistant to transfer data from the backup, as described in the next section.

    Migrating a Time Machine backup to a new Mac

    When you buy a new Mac, you can transfer all of your applications, files, settings, and other information from a Time Machine backup you've already made.

    You will be asked if you want to transfer files when you start up your new Mac for the first time. Or, you can use theMigration Assistant (located in Applications/Utilities).

    After Migration Assistant completes the transfer and you select your existing Time Machine backup drive, you will be prompted with "Inherit Backup History". Once selected you will be able to continue to use your existing Time Machine backup on your new Mac.


    And again for detailed TM answers go to the Time Machine forum



  • testexample Level 1 (45 points)

    OP mentions that the backup was made on aMBP and they want to restore to an iMac. You cannot use the Time machine Application as it will only pick up a backup for the iMac itself. (See the article you referenced on transferring to another Mac)


    The article you reference is semi-correct, in that you can youse migration assistant, however it will make a mess of the iMac. Migration Assistant will create a whole new user account even if you tell it to only restore the Pictures, thats just how it handles it.


    If you treat the Time machine external hard drive as you would any other external, it is a matter of copying just the iPhoto Library.

  • 2Caipinirinhiasplease Level 1 (0 points)

    The timemachine forum did not have the information I needed to help me. Thanks for the suggestion though.

  • 2Caipinirinhiasplease Level 1 (0 points)

    I go the Timemachine back up answer so this did not work.Thanks for the try though.

  • 2Caipinirinhiasplease Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for all the suggestions. None of these solved my problem, although some were helpful. I'm off to the apple store with my iMac.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,413 points)

    Have you looked at this website: Apple  OSX  and  Time  Machine  Tips



  • aja282 Level 1 (0 points)

    its 2015, I have the exact same issue, please tell me how you sorted it out, I have ten years worth of pictures on my old iPhotos library, no baby pics of my kids if i can't sort this out!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    See Larry's post on this thread with all the instructions.