iPhoto duplicate and triplicates...???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BigRig, May 10, 2011.

  1. BigRig macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2008
    So, I had my iPhoto neatly organized and labeled at one time. I'm not sure if it was my kids, but now I have duplicate and triplicate pictures along with head shots from each and every one scattered around everywhere. It's driving me crazy trying to find specific pictures and events. Is there any way iPhoto can can erase these and put everything back where it belongs? It would take days to sort and sift through what has happened, thousands of pictures etc...

    Anyone have an idea? Please... and Thank You if you can help.
  2. Tumbleweed666, May 10, 2011
    Last edited: May 10, 2011

    Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Easy, if you had the teeny bit of foresight to use TimeMachine, which is free and merely requires a $50 disk to backup to, you could just go back in time to a point before your kids played around with it and messed it up.

    Or, if you had the foresight to take say weekly backups, you could restore the most recent good backup.

    Assuming you didn't bother to take backups or use TM (why ask ask here otherwise?) , then you'll have to give the kids their own logon, forbidding them from using yours, manually go through your photos deleting photos you don't want and then switching on Time Machine. The reason you'll have to go through manually is because up to and including iPhoto version 11, there is no magic "put the photos into the way I want them" button.

    No apologies for the rudeness, it doesn't take rocket science to imagine that a computer might go wrong and that you should take precautions against that.

    Consider the time you spend fixing up your iPhoto arrangements, a cheap lesson in why backups are a good idea, and why kids shouldn't be allowed to mess with stuff you care about. You got off lightly, you might be asking which of several companies you should be spending $1000 with to recover all your photos from a busted disk.

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