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iPhoto Restore Guide

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posted this on June 16, 2011 13:54

Restoring for:

Mac iPhoto


Sign into the site

Click the "Sign in to Restore" link and enter your Backblaze account email address and password.


Select the Computer you want to Restore

Click the "Restore File" link next to the computer's name you want to restore.


Select the iPhoto Files

On the 'View/Restore Files' page click the folders: 
Macintosh HD > Users > YOURNAME > Pictures > iPhoto Library
Select the iPhoto Library folder and click the button 'Continue with Restore'


Download the restore zip file

Backblaze will email you when your restore file has been prepared. It can take anywhere from a minute to a few hours depending on the size to prepare the download file. You can then click on the 'My Restores' page and download the zip restore. Usually your web browser (Safari, Firefox) will download the restore file to your 'Downloads' folder. Wait for the download to complete and then double click the zip file to uncompress the files. 


Copy Restores to the Correct Folder

Once you have unzipped the restore file, you can open it up and view the files. Open up your Main Identity folder on your local computer found in Macintosh HD > Users > YOURNAME > Pictures > iPhoto Library
You will need to Control Click (Right Click) on the iPhoto Library and select "Show Package Contents" to see inside the iPhoto Library.

We recommend creating a new folder called 'old' and put your local copy of the iPhoto Library files inside. Then select and move your files from Downloads folder to the local iPhoto Library folder. 

Open iPhoto and make sure your photos restored succesfully.
Note: When restoring your iPhoto Library from Backblaze, your total Library file size may appear smaller than the original. That is because Backblaze doesn't restore the iPhoto thumbnail images or cache. iPhoto will recreate those files for you when you import your restored photos.

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