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iMac photo archive missing

Posted on 2011-03-01
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A user called and told me that his entire photo archive is missing. He reported a set of actions done by himself, but they are related to email, and I doubt they really have any connection to photos.

The computer used iMac current version 27", with 1Gb of HDD.
I am a Win admin, so this is a new field for me.

I would need some help to see where I could take look unto restoring the database of iPhoto which held all the data.
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It is possible that iPhoto has just lost track of the library location. Have the user click on the spotlight icon at the top right of the menubar (looks like a magnifying glass and search for

iphoto library.

If the library is still there spotlight should find it.  If it is still there, open iPhoto while holding down the option key and then connect the library.

If it is not there, it might be recoverable with a disk recovery program like Data Rescue III:  http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php
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Thanks a lot.
This is the situation; it seems that the used deleted stuff from its library. However, I have TimeCapsule backup (worked intermitently) from 17.feb. To recover iPhoto lib of that date, I just need to copy the file and than connect it to the iphoto?
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Yes. That should work. Don't immediately delete the current library until you are satisfied that you have what you want in the replacement.
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OK, thanks.
I've backed up the new one, and the backup is copying to my mac.
Will try it!
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