moving iPhotos from time machine to new macbook

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  1. barnsley7 macrumors newbie

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    my old macbook has just died (won't restore at all, but that's another issue).

    Anyway, luckily I have an external hard drive (Time Machine) so I figured I would restore my files from the Time Machine to my new (used/pre-owned actually) macBook.

    I can see my music in iTunes and other data, which I have restored successfully. However, the most important data is PHOTOS of course!

    But I just can't find where my photos are located.

    I've checked Macintosh HD >> My Pictures, but they are not there.

    I thought my Time Machine was set to back up everything. It has backed up my Applications (including iPhoto). I thought if I tried copying this to my Applications and opening this version, it might work but it didn't.

    Any ideas please?
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You must restore your "iPhoto Library".

    Default location : ~/Pictures
     
  3. barnsley7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks,
    the old macbook is quite old (2005/6 isn) and I believe the default there was My Pictures, but I have tried both locations and the photos are not there - that is, except for a few from 2009-11. but nothing for 2012, 2013 and 2014. The vast majority are missing.
    Maybe it was backing em up there and the location got moved, I don't know.

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    actually, I've just found an iPhoto library doc and its copying a few gig over now.
    fingers crossed this might be it!!
     
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You might need to point iPhoto to that iPhoto Library : hold the Option key depressed while launching iPhoto --> select the iPhoto Library.
     
  5. barnsley7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes, it's working now thanks.
    found and copied the iPhoto library file and then updated it to latest version.
     

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