Recovering From Time Machine

Discussion in 'iMac' started by galaxy7, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. galaxy7 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2014
    So apparently my hard drive died recently on my iMac. Have not diagnosed or done anything with it yet. I had a time machine which is fine. Took my time machine to moms house who has an iMac, to plug in and check it out.

    Of first note, it won’t accept it as a time
    Machine. Her iMac will not let it sync up and use the hard drive as a time machine.

    I can access the drive from Finder and get to all the backups on the drive. Everything is there, everything EXCEPT photos. I can drive down to the Pictures photo where all the photos from iPhoto are supposed to reside, but it’s telling me I cannot import the files!!! I’ll get the exact pop-up verbiage, but what the heck is going on here??
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I don’t understand why you’re attaching the Time Machine drive to your mother’s iMac. Your mother’s machine doesn’t need to be involved.
    Put a new hard drive into yours and restore it directly from Time Machine.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My "Fishrrman's why the heck is he posting this again?" reply:

    If you had been using either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper (instead of TM), your iMac would be back up and running RIGHT NOW while you decided what to do next.

    Just sayin'...
  4. galaxy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2014
    Not sure why you don’t understand that. I wanted the reassurance that all my stuff was there. Also needed to get to a document while I wait to get this one fixed.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 9, 2019 at 9:04 AM ---
    Had been! Yup, that’d be great. The only shame here is that I’m not as educated and forward thinking as you. Had always been of the thought that a time machine and iCloud served as the safety net.
  5. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    I use both CCC and TM because they're very different things. CCC provides the clone (refreshed a couple of times per week) I'll boot from if my internal SSD ever fails, while TM allows me to recover that file I regret deleting weeks or months ago.
  6. galaxy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2014
    I understand all that guys, I do. Great advice and sure, wish I had known about it before the failure, but I didn’t. So, trying to move on from there and just get answer to my question. Why can’t I access the photos? Will they be there when I do a restore on a new device?
  7. goldbuffalo macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2017
    As far as I know iPhoto’s is one file.

    Mine is under Users, Pictures, iPhoto library

    Search the internet for using multiple iPhoto libraries

    You need the app to see them, it’s not just a bunch of pictures.
  8. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley
    CCC is not needed but it is convenient if you suffer a complete crash—you can boot, download the latest installer and use that on the new drive. Having a USB stick with an OS installer works also.

    After you replace the drive and install the OS, you should restore from the last complete backup—if Time Machine, then that and not the "clone".

    If you have Photos stored on iCloud, that's where they still are if your iCloud settings are set that way unless you checked a box to also store them on your Mac. Neither Time Machine nor CCC will help you if that's where they are.

    Can you see your photos on your phone? If so, you can see them on the Mac when you get the settings right.

    Google is your friend. There are a number of Apple support documents re iCloud that can you'll need to see before you find the right ones.
  9. galaxy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2014
    I have significantly more photos on the Mac than the phone. I had it set up such that photos taken on phone and iPad were shared with other devices, thus they were also on my Mac. I did not have photos on my Mac saved to the cloud (unfortunately), but I didn’t check, select, or do anything that should prevent them from being on TM.
  10. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    You beauty!

    We have moved Mike somewhat Fisho.

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