Re­cov­er­ing pho­tos from Time Ma­chine back­ups

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Q I erased some pic­tures from Pho­tos, and I’m try­ing to get them back off Time Ma­chine by se­lect­ing Time Ma­chine > Ap­pli­ca­tions > Pho­tos from an ear­lier time. Go­ing back in time, I can only get the front sheet giv­ing de­tails of Pho­tos’ soft­ware ver­sion. I can­not see in­di­vid­ual pic­tures to re­store. Hit­ting the ‘re­store’ com­mand, af­ter se­lect­ing/high­light­ing an ear­lier Pho­tos file, does not change the lat­est Pho­tos file to an ear­lier ver­sion. What am I do­ing wrong? Al­lan Luskow A Pho­tos lacks an ex­plicit Trash folder, like iPhoto did, but you can select File > Show Re­cently Deleted to see pho­tos deleted within the last 30 days. It’s prob­a­bly too late for this auto-emp­ty­ing Trash to help you now, but it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing for the fu­ture.

It sounds like you’re try­ing to re­store the Pho­tos app rather than its li­brary, which is stored in your Pic­tures folder by de­fault. How­ever, cor­rect­ing that by restor­ing the en­tire Pho­tos li­brary from Time Ma­chine is a bad idea – you’ll lose any pho­tos added since the miss­ing photo was deleted, but there is a way to re­store in­di­vid­ual pho­tos. Right-click your Pho­tos li­brary and choose Show Pack­age Con­tents. In the Masters folder, pho­tos are ar­ranged by year, month, day, and then fold­ers with cryp­tic num­bers. Nav­i­gate to when the miss­ing pic­ture was orig­i­nally added and en­ter Time Ma­chine. Re­store the im­age and then im­port it into Pho­tos. This will cre­ate a new copy filed un­der to­day’s date. Delete the re­stored copy.

The Show Re­cently Deleted op­tion in Pho­tos gives you 30 days to change your mind and re­cover a photo.

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