I have an external HD with Timemachine saved data from my 2011 Macbook Pro which I recently sold. I now have the brand new Macbook Air 11.6 inches and, on opening Timemachine and searching my external hard drive I am unable to find my iphoto photos that were saved onto the timemachine external drive from my old macbookpro. All my other documents from my macbook pro are available on the external drive, including all my photos that were not saved on iphoto. However, all the iphoto pictures from the last 2 years, family pics, holidays photos etc etc seem to have completely vanished! What has happened??How do I find them and install them onto my new macbook air?? Very puzzled and highly traumatised!
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Here is the route I did: Finder > time machine backups > My Macbook Pro folder > Chose a folder from a date from when I had the macbook pro and photos should be there > macintosh HD for that date > Users > My name folder > Pictures > iphoto Library icon >
This this message appears:
"The iPhoto library is a Time Machine backup, and so cannot be used as the main library. Reopen iPhoto with the Option key held down to choose another library".
Correct. When you click the iPhoto Library via the Finder, it tries to open it with the iPhoto app. But you cannot open backups with an app. You must Resrore that iPhoto Library somewhere to use it.
Which I do. Which then gives me one library option - iphoto. When I click to open, iphoto does open, but only with the new macbook air uploaded photos. My 2 years of photos of my macbook pro iphoto do not appear.
Also correct. It's opening the one you chose, not the one in the backups (you can't choose that one).
Really confusing for me. How can I open a file from March 2013 and have only August 2013 pictures in there from my new computer.
Again, you must restore the backup copy somewhere, then open the restored copy.
Try this: Point the Finder to your computer (open a Finder window and either select your computer in the sidebar or press Shift+Cmd+C). Then Enter Time Machine. Do not select anything in the Finder window yet, but select a backup in the TimeLine that was made on the MBP. That should not be grayed out, and you should be abel to select it.
Then navigate to your home folder (inside the /Users folder) and the iPhoto library. Do not click the usual Restore button at the lower right. Instead, select the iPhoto Library, control-click, choose the Restore iPhoto Library to... option, and choose an alternate location, such as your Desktop (not the location of your existing MBA iPhoto Library).
That will restore the MBP's iPhoto Library to your Desktop, and you should be able to open it with the iPhoto app (by starting iPhoto with the Alt/Option key as above).