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I need to restore my Photo library from external HDD Time Machine back-up from 2017-01-22. The problem is that my mac drive is only 250 Gb with available space only 35Gb, and the Photos library is 95 Gb. When trying to restore the back-up version, I get a message that I should make 60Gb free space on my computer first.


In principle I could temporarily move the older iphoto library (68Gb) to external drive, but for some reason copying takes 11 days (I wonder why it takes so long to copy this file, other files are copied roughly with speed of 3 Gb in one minute).

Can I just delete the current Photos library and restore the 2017-10-22 version from Time Machine?

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Mar 10, 2018 11:35 AM in response to antti.kangas In response to antti.kangas

The time estimate for copying is terrible - it will not take 11 days, probably not more than a couple of hours if that long


Can I just delete the current Photos library and restore the 2017-10-22 version from Time Machine?

If you do not want anything in the current library just drag the current library to the trash and empty it - there is no undo for this


LN

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Mar 10, 2018 11:35 AM in response to antti.kangas In response to antti.kangas

Can I just delete the current Photos library and restore the 2017-10-22 version from Time Machine?

That is several month old. If you imported photos to your current library since you made the backup, you must not delete the current version without first saving your newer photos and videos, that you added since October 2017.

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Mar 10, 2018 11:35 AM in response to antti.kangas In response to antti.kangas

The time estimate for copying is terrible - it will not take 11 days, probably not more than a couple of hours if that long


Can I just delete the current Photos library and restore the 2017-10-22 version from Time Machine?

If you do not want anything in the current library just drag the current library to the trash and empty it - there is no undo for this


LN

Mar 10, 2018 11:35 AM

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Mar 10, 2018 11:35 AM in response to antti.kangas In response to antti.kangas

Can I just delete the current Photos library and restore the 2017-10-22 version from Time Machine?

That is several month old. If you imported photos to your current library since you made the backup, you must not delete the current version without first saving your newer photos and videos, that you added since October 2017.

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