Clean Mavericks Install and iPhoto Photostream

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  1. 8aseem8 macrumors newbie

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    FYI: This is my first time posting on MacRumours :D

    I decided to do a clean install of Mavericks on my 2010 iMac 21.5" since it was getting a tad slow. I took the appropriate steps to back up all my files and applications, so I was confident and went ahead with the wipe.

    Now that I'm in the process of installing everything again, I've encountered a lovely surprise. I forgot to back up my Photostream photos (which are all the photos I've taken with my iPhone over the past 6 years). :(

    Now I know the following:
    - Photostream keeps photos synced across your iDevices, and stores up to 1000 on your iOS devices but is able to store ALL of them on your Mac (iPhoto under Shared > iCloud)
    - There is an option in iPhoto preferences called 'Automatic Import' which imports your Photostream Photos into your iPhoto library. I wanted to keep family/event photos (i.e. Summer Holiday taken with a digital camera) separate from the photos I took from my iPhone. I left this unchecked so my iPhone photos would NOT appear in iPhoto Events. I realise this was stupid, because had I done this I wouldn't have this problem -_-
    - The latest of the Photostream photos that are still on my iPhone I have been able to recover, but I know that not all my Photostream photos (>1000) are on my iPhone.

    So the real question is: Where are ALL the Photostream photos stored on a Mac? I backed up my iPhoto Library (~30GB) - could they still be in here somewhere? Or were they stored somewhere else on my iMac (before the wipe) and now they're gone forever?

    In a nutshell: The photos viewable in (Shared > iCloud) in iPhoto: What is the location of the folder(s) on a Mac that actually stores these photos?

    I'm sorry if I haven't explained this properly!
     
  2. 8aseem8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Figured it out!

    Alright so I've found out the following:

    - The photos that show up under Shared > iCloud ARE NOT located in the iPhoto Library. They are located in: /Users/[Username]/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/

    - Turns out, when I made a backup of my Home folder, the 'Library' folder (which is hidden by default) still copied over! This means that I still had a copy of my old Library folder (before the wipe) hidden on my external hard drive which I used for my manual backup!

    I was able to access my old Library folder though the 'Go To Folder...' and Bob's your Uncle: all my photos were in the path I just described above!
     
  3. 8aseem8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually they are. For some reason, Finder won't let me search for 'All Images' within the iPhoto Library (i.e. within subfolders and subfolders and so on). I manually went through about 50 folders and bam - the photos (the ones I had lost) were there.

    I thought I had found my lost images, but they were actually just the ones I had recovered from my iPhone. So technically that Library folder didn't hold all the photos. They were hidden in the depths of the iPhoto Library.
     

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