I have thousands of beautiful high quality digital images from my old mac. (iphoto 9 on a white MacBook - 2009) I bought an external hard drive and used time machine to back up my computer regularly. The mac hard drive crashed and all was lost. Well, easy fix, good thing I had time machine. ...Or so I thought.
I bought a new hard drive and my lap top functioned like normal. I went into time machine, hit restore, and (hours) later my computer seemed like everything was back to the way it was. Until I went into iphoto... Now Currently: Everything on iphoto is disorganized, images are odd sizes and it looks like time machine rememebered every single face of all of my friends. It is rather creepy, I scroll through the photos and there are thousands upon thousands of small thumbnails of only the faces of my friends. (I never even used the face detection function before - because it's creepy).
So even if I ignore this disorganized dilemma, the worst part is all of my pictures are now pixelated and small. None of them are the high quality pictures I had just days before the crash.
Why are my pictures blurry? (is it because only the thumbnails were saved, if so why?)
How do I restore my iphoto pictures without the annoying "faces"?
Is there a way to restore everything back to the way it was, (with only my pretty edited versions of all my high quality pictures which were sorted into the appropriate named categories).
I am a very sad camper. Especially since I thought I was taking all the right precautions as a Mac Owner who takes pride in their organized digital images.
If you could please help me, I would be forever grateful.
If anything, what do I need to do differently in the future?