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a friend's mac pro crashed and they replaced her HD with a new one and told her the original drive was corrupt and nothing could be saved. She took the old drive back and asked me to try. I work on windows machines and used a repair/recovery program i use commercially and was able to locate all her important files. She has everything back on a thumb drive including a folder called Pictures which contains several photo folders and a .Trash folder ajd a folder called iPhoto Library with subfolders.. Can her repaired machine get the photos from that folder? I have little experience with iPhoto and do not have her computer at the moment but will tomorrow.
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Sorry i was trying to edit my original request to provide more info
Basically you have the photo's on a flash drive correct
i hope so - i recovered her user files including desktop files, documents etc. she can use everything I recovered except can't find iPhoto fpictures.
You can try to import them in to Iphoto and see if Iphoto will pick them up
Note i am looking at all this currently on a windows machine
thanks for the link. I see no files in that folder but do see a database which I assume hold them somehow
If they are there Iphoto will import them just point to the folder
ok which folder? The iPhoto Library?
yes on the flash drive
I haate to sounds dumb but everyone thinks I'm a computer expert and I'm pretty good with windows and OLD mac stuff from about 9.0!
10 is no different really
the logic of folders is the same as windows just in different places
I tried to read up on this but apparently they changed from folders to a database that contains the files but I had no knowledge on how to retrieve them. I found no other pictures anywhere on the disk
Iphoto hides them
i have the thumb drive again and she is bringing me the machine tomorrow so I can do this - just hope it works
you cant look at them via Finder which in the windows world would be Explorer
is it likely that i got them during the recovery then?
Sounds like it from your description
i found no disk file damage other than the operating system which apparently was corupt
including a folder called Pictures which contains several photo folders and a .Trash folder ajd a folder called iPhoto Library with subfolders
that statement makes me think you did
Question is did you format the thumb drive to work on PC and a Mac?
whew. Can i continue this if needed tomorrow when I actually have the machine? i hope it goes well but will have no idea what to do if there is an error message
Basically it is a cut and dry thing. Either it will import it or wont import it.
hmmm. It is formatted ntfs I think. Her mac was able to read off all the other folders ok
its a 32gb usb3 thumb drive
That is cool then. Its been a while since I had a brand new mac
Just plug the USB drive in
properties reports it as fat32
Import with the directions I gave you. Go to the Iphoto library and import
OK you are the boss - will give it a try. will get back to you on how it went
FAT32, is fully compatible with Mac OS X
for some reason i had it in my head that fat32 could not be used on a drive that size
Cant go over 32Gig
32Gb and under is good
ok must have been thinking of my other thumb drive that is 64gb - need these things to transfer files at times
thanks for that link - it is very good
one more thing - sorry. If it doesn't import is there anything else that can be done?
moving the photo's
No it is straight forward really
because in the iphoto folder all i can see is 4 folders attachments auto import contents and database
If I was in your shoes I would open iphoto and choose the import option. Point to the Iphoto folder on the flash drive and see if they will come in. You will have to check and see if it pulls all the subfolders in.
Like I said you cant view the pictures directly
Think of it as an Access Database and only Microsoft Access can view the database
wow - the database has 67mb of stuff in it so i'm optimistic
Yes sounds like a lot of photo's
that is why she's so upset
ok won't bother you anymore until after I've tried this
All is good. I have faith in you.
this is worst scenario but do not take the worst as a bad thing. It is actually a great tool
Iphoto Library rebuild
that should give you enough reading
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