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Old Dec 13, 2012, 01:35 PM   #1
MitzEclipse
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Restoring iPhoto from Time Capsule on a different macbook?

Hi All,

I am trying to restore iPhoto. I have an old mac book which the HD died. Luckily all my data is backed up via time capsule. For reference this was a 2006 macbook white with Leopard installed.

I have a late 2011 mac book air with Mountain Lion installed. I would like to restore only the iPhoto photo library onto the MBA. Is this possible?

I have tried to manually navigate to the file folders, I can see iPhoto but when I copy it to the MBA and launch it says it cannot find the iPhoto library.

I'm only looking to restore just the photos (I'll be doing a full restore on a different mac book air) but on this particular MBA i just want the photos in the iPhoto library.

thanks in advance for the help
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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RE: using alternative TM backups...

Hi MitzEclipse,

If you Alt/Option click on the TM icon in the top menu bar you will see the option to "Browse other backup disks...". Select the backup disk for your old MB on your 2011 MBA (I'm assuming when you say you have ML that this means you have 10.8.2 installed, and that your TM backups for your old computer were over the network just like the backups for your MBA.) Open the Time Machine app and navigate to the directory containing your iPhoto Library (typically in your user's /Users/username/Pictures folder). Select your old iPhoto Library and restore it to your MBA. If you have another iPhoto Library on your MBA, you might want to rename it so that it is not overwritten by the TM restore.

When you open iPhoto, open it by holding down the Alt/Option key while clicking on the iPhoto app in your Dock. You will presented with a menu that allows you to choose the restored iPhoto Library. Open it in iPhoto, and then all subsequent openings of iPhoto will default to this restored iPhoto Library.

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Old Dec 14, 2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Thank you Switon for the response. I can enter time machine via holding down alt to browse other disks... I can select the other time machine disk, however, when i enter the time machine it shows my mac book air files, not the old macbook files. am I missing a trick here? Thanks
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 04:21 PM   #4
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RE: tmutil inheritbackup...

Hi MitzEclipse,

You should see all of your backup files. Make sure that their present on the disk that you are selecting.

If they are there and you cannot select your MB backup, then you might consider using the "tmutil inherit backup..." or "tmutil associatedisk..." terminal commands. These are documented in the "man tmutil" manpages. You will need root privilege in order to run these commands. These commands allow you to read a backup file made for another machine and restore from it, and also to write new backups to the other machine's backup file.

Good luck,
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