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I had same issue with iPhoto library locked. Followed this thread now I can't find any of my old photos. When I open iPhoto it is empty. Help
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I need help as soon as possible....working on school project right now. Thanks
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Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago
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I can't find find what thread you had followed. Could you please tell me what have you tried so far ?

Go to your Pictures folder and do you see your iPhoto Library there ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
There is nothing in iPhoto. If I open Photos some of them are there
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

What version of Mac OS X are you using ?

In Finder, click on Go menu and select Home. In home folder, open Pictures folder and how many libararies you see there ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
OS 10.10.5
In pictures folder there is only one iPhoto library and it is empty
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Select that iPhoto Library, press Command and I. This will bring Get Info window. What is the size of that iPhoto Library ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have time capsule so thought pics would be backed up but can't seem to find them
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

What is the size of that iPhoto Library you can see in Pictures folder ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
7,438,896 bytes. Also says it was created today but I created it 5 yrs ago
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

It is only 7MB. What happened to the library ?

What is the size of other libraries there ?

In Spotlight search, type jpg and does it return any of your pictures ?

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Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

It is only 7MB. What happened to the library ?

What is the size of other libraries there ?

In Spotlight search, type jpg and does it return any of your pictures ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When I did the search there are photos there
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

All your photos ? Scroll down on the results and select Show all in Finder. Do you see all your photos ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
How do I select show all in finder?
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Type jpb in Spotlight and scroll all the way down to the bottom of results. You see "Show all in Finder.." at the bottom with Finder icon. Double click on it and it will open the results in Finder. Under Images section, how many photos are showing ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I scrolled to bottom and that icon is not there. I don't think this is all the pics but it is a lot of them. A lot more are showing up under photos
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Spotlight will not show all pics. Open Finder window. In Finder window, you will see search box are top right (not on the top right corner of Mac's screen). Search jpg there

Under Images section, look on right side. It will show the number of picture it found with Show All option. Click it

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
4,216
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Do you have more photos than this ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'm not sure total number. Between what I see here and in Photos looks like that may be all of them
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Would it be easier to restore a time machine backup from 2 days ago? When I find the backups I don't know how to restore it
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

These are the photos that are available on your Mac. Try this. Click on 'Show All' on right (in Images section). Then press Command A and this will select all pictures from the results. Now create a folder on Documents on in Pictures folder. Open that folder and press Command V and all those photos will be copied to this folder. Now open Photos app. Click on File > Import

Select the folder with your photos and click Import. This will import all of them to Photos app.

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Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

If the library is available on Time Machine, then Yes. It would be easier. Click on the Time Machine icon at the menu bar and select Enter Time Machine. Go back in Time where you had the photos. Open Pictures folder (in Time Machine). If you see the main iPhoto Library there, select it and click Restore button on right or bottom. This will restore that library to the internal hard drive. Let me know how it goes

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok I went back to previous date in time machine but don't see a pictures folder
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I am at desktop
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

You have to enter to Time Machine first. In Time Machine, click on Home folder or Picture folder in left column. Do you see the library there ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When I enter time machine left column lists all my files, iCloud drive, airdrop, applications, desktop, documents,downloads, devices,shared,tags
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Under Devices click Macintosh HD. Open Users folder. Open Home folder. Open Pictures folder and you will find the Library there (if it is backed up).

Or in Time Machine, press Shift, Command G and this will bring Go To Folder. Type ~/Pictures/ and press return. This will open Pictures folder

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I found pictures folder and a lot of photos are there but they are not under iPhoto library just listed individually in pictures folder
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
If I highlight pictures folder it is not letting me click restore at bottom...it is grayed out
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Can you check the size of that iPhoto Library ? If it is correct size, then restore that one.

You can select all those pictures and restore them to the Pictures folder or any folder to the internal drive. Don't restore them to Desktop folder

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Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

I believe it will not allow you to restore the entire Pictures folder, but just the contents of that Pictures folder.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It is only 7mb
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
With airport can I just restore everything on computer for 2 days ago?
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Only if there is backup mode. Go further back into the time (like a week ago) and do you see working iPhoto Library ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I found an older iPhoto library I selected it and click restore but can't find new iPhoto to restore it to.
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

What is the size of that older iPhoto Library ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I don't remember and can't figure out how to get back there. Where can I put the restored file
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Put it in the Pictures folder

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It is still copying "iPhoto.app" to "pictures". How will I get them plus what is in Photos to iPhoto?
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Not the iPhoto. app. You need to copy the iPhoto Library from Pictures folder

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Well I can't find the pictures file now. I am beyond frustrated.
I. HATE. APPLE.
Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Since the pictures are on your Mac itself, can you try my first suggestion ?

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Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

Close Time Machine. Search jpg on your Mac (in Finder). Copy all pictures to a folder and import them to Photos.

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Mac Support Specialist: Ashik, Mac Technician replied 2 years ago

I'm just posting the steps again

Open Finder. In Finder window, you will see search box are top right (not on the top right corner of Mac's screen). Search jpg there

Click on 'Show All' on right (in Images section). Then press Command A and this will select all pictures from the results. Now create a folder on Documents on in Pictures folder. Open that folder and press Command V and all those photos will be copied to this folder. Now open Photos app. Click on File > Import

Select the folder with your photos and click Import. This will import all of them to Photos app.

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