Mac OS X 10.7.5 PHOTO HELP

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by That1Guy7474, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. That1Guy7474 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2016
    Ok Kinda still new to this tech game.

    I have a Mid 2010 Mac Book Pro 13inch Screen

    2.5 GHz Intel Core15
    4 GB Memory
    Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63)

    I recently had to replace the hard drive cuz for whatever reason it crashed. I Previously had several pictures in iPhoto before the crash. That data is now on a USB stick. I reinstalled Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 and am trying to save my photos.

    To no avail I can't get iPhoto back from my purchased section in the app store and do not have a time machine back up.


    Also do I need to download a new OS?? I need a fix and recommendations for going forward.
    Primarily use the computer for the internet and photos. Especially with a new GoPRO Hero 4.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Don't panic yet.

    So long as you keep the USB drive in a safe place, your pics should remain intact and re-loadable.

    Your priority now is to get a "good system with iPhoto" on the computer (and worry about importing the photos a little later on).

    If you have a platter-based HDD in the MBPro (I also have a mid-2010 MBPro 13"), I would recommend 10.8.5 as perhaps "the optimum" OS for the Macbook.

    BUT -- so long as you have 10.7.5 up-and-running, and so long as it's running ok (even without iPhoto), you might consider keeping it for now.

    If you can't get iPhoto using your Apple Store account, there are other ways to get it.

    For example, you could buy an iLife '09 commercial install DVD from ebay, where they sell for around $20.

    iLife has iPhoto (which you can install separately by clicking "customize" in the install app), along with the other iLife applications.

    Although it's not iPhoto, I also suggest that you download (free) and try google's "Picasa" photo application. You can find it here:

    Granted, it's not iPhoto, and it works a little differently, but it's still a highly usable photo viewing/editing application and you can be up-and-running with it today.
  3. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2014
    If you can't for any reason get iPhoto again, but still have the iPhoto Library intact on the USB drive, you can always use the new Photos app. It will read the old Library and convert it into the new Photos Library, then you can use the app to do all of the same things that iPhoto used to do.

    If you don't want to do that, you can always manually recover your photos from the iPhotos Library file. All you have to do is right-click on the file and select "Open Package Contents" and navigate to the Originals folder. All of your photos will be inside, separated by date, so you just have to dig a little to get to them.
  4. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    This iLife ’11 Trial should allow you to reinstall, and hopefully update, iPhoto. (
  5. Dave Braine, Feb 19, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2016

    Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
  6. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    It's just the trial, which was.

    It's also the only way I know of to reassign an Apple ID on a Mac, which is what I use it for.

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