Thanks for your reply.
My mac is on version 10.5.8
I seem to remember prior to it crashing it was 10.5.6?
The file were backed up using time machine to a Seagate external hard drive.
I cannot use Iphoto as it says the image files are a different format. Installing updates has not helped. Re the old emails, are they lost forever?
It would appear to not be my day. I used the link and it updated successfully but I still appear not to be able to restore from time machine. Also I am now receiveing the error message that there is suffieient space to back up time machine which leads me to believe that it may have been restored several times and I am unable to retrieve the information. Is there a way I can remove back ups from the hard drive and try again? Thank you for all your patience!!
I did not set up a password XXXXX it came back with a new hard drive. Cannot answer the second question as I am a mere mortal who just chooses to use a mac! Sorry.
I went in to time machine and users then highlighted the folders and hit restore. I read that I should do it through utilities at the time I loaded OSX but as I had already loaded it the option was not there
All failed so I reformatted hard drive and started from scratch. This worked fine once updates were installed. Any idea why it may have happened? Thanks for all your assistance by the way.