Migration considering Photo

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  1. bagongo macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2015

    I am about to migrate my 5+ years worth of data from my old macbook pro to a new one (2014).

    I intend to do this via a time machine backup to get a complete transfer of ALL the data.

    My concern here reside in a possible Iphoto/Photo incongruence.
    As a matter of fact the new mac will have OSX and relative apps updated to its production year (mid 2014) but the backup I will use is from the mac I am utilizing now which has Photo since the first beta (already deleted Iphoto app and library but backed those up).

    So I am wondering (since it's the first migration I have ever made), do I go on with the restore from backup and will have the Photo app and its whole library installed properly on the new macbook pro or I should do something in advance to avoid messing up of things??

    Also - a little OT - while going through my photo library prior to the migration, I noticed I have several events (all from within a week span of time) that do not display the photo they're supposed to contain. What I mean is that they're listed along with all the others in the events panel with date/number of elements in them, ecc..., but they are 'blank' and do not show any image even if I open them.
    Has anyone else noticed the same behavior? Is there a solution to this?

    Thanks a lot for your attention!!!!
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I can't recall, but I seem to remember that migrating from a new system to an older one is problematic, and it certainly would be ill advised if it's a new beta to your main system.

    I assume you made a backup before leaping into the 10.10.3 beta; why not migrate from that?

    BTW, restoring is somewhat different from migration; it's usally used to put the same stuff back on the original machine, sort of like a clone.

    The Photos library is different from the iPhotos library; you can't go BACK to iPhotos from Photos. You'd have to use the iPhotos library you used to upgrade to Photos.
  3. bagongo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2015
    Hi @robgendreau. thanks a lot for your reply!

    I couldn't use an older backup since I am using Yosemite beta since the first release and that would have meant going for at least a six moth old backup.

    So I updated the new machine to the current official version of yosemite (10.10.2) then restored from my old mac backup running 10.10.3 beta.
    And it worked. As I am writing everything seems to have been transferred correctly, but for Photo (app).
    I see on the dock that there's a '?' in place of it's icon, 'cause this version of the OS still doesn't include it.

    So what would your suggestion would be now?
    I was thinking of deleting PHOTO app and its library and then install the latest IPhoto app version and load the iphoto library I externally saved (prior to migration) into it.
    Supposedly Iphoto should recover all of its data if I simply place the library in its proper place.
    Then I would wait for the official 10.10.3 including Photo and perform just the image library migration. Whatcha think???

    Thanks for your help!!! much appreciated!
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If I understand correctly, you still have the old iPhoto library. So use that; it should work. Of course changes you made more recently in Photos wouldn't show up, but that sounds like it isn't a major problem. When Photos converted the old iPhoto library to a Photos library, it should have left the original untouched.

    And you may actually get better results when you transition to the non-beta Photos, since apparently Apple has made changes in iPhoto to make that transition better. Just make sure you're running the latest version of iPhoto.

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