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Question: How to Import old iPhoto Libraries from Time Machine Backups into Photos on a new computer

I previously owned a circa 2012 Macbook Pro. I used iPhoto to store my photos there, and Time Machine to back everything up. Fast forward to now -- I bought a Macbook Air and want to import my iPhoto library into Photos from my external hard drive, but it's not allowing me to do it. I've tried copying the library to my photos folder. I've tried simply moving the photos from the open library to a folder on my desktop, but I lose all of the metadata (like created date). I've also tried using third party programs like iPhoto Library Manager. None of it is working! Photos doesn't recognize any of the libraries as being something it can import. Please help!

MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014), iOS 8.3

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See this tip, E2 - I can't see some backups, from this site: OS X and Time Machine Tips.

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May 16, 2015 7:47 AM in response to mfingfing In response to mfingfing

You must restore the library and then open it - you can not use TM backups directly and you do not import libraries - you open them


see Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac - Apple Support and http://pondini.org/TM/FAQ.html for Tm help


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May 16, 2015 7:47 AM in response to mfingfing In response to mfingfing

You must restore the library and then open it - you can not use TM backups directly and you do not import libraries - you open them


see Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac - Apple Support and http://pondini.org/TM/FAQ.html for Tm help


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