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  1. Wahreo

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    I have an iMac at my Exes house with Time machine attached.

    I have another iMac at my new place.

    To get the photos from my Exes iMac, do I simply unplug the time machine and plug it in to the other iMac and can I then cherry pick which photos I want to transfer over?

    Many thanks.
     
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    That would work.

    As an aside, have you automatically backed them up to iCloud by any chance?
     
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    No I don't think so, it's been a while since I've even updated the old iMac.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    I can't get it to work.

    I unplugged the time machine from one iMac but I just can't get the photos over to the second iMac.
     
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    When you said "unplugged the time machine", do you mean an external HDD? If so, simply copy the iPhoto library across to this external HDD, and then copy back into the destination iMac with a drag-n-drop in the account area.

    It is possible to use a TimeMachine backup - on an external HDD - for transferring the entire user account data using Migration Assistant, but this *will* replace current user account area.
     
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    The time machine is the back up for the iMac.

    I can see all my files but for some reason I can't get into my photos.

    I don't want to replace current data.

    I think I need to go back to the first iMac and manually save the photos onto a USB stick. What a faff.
     
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    So, you're using an external HDD for your TimeMachine back-ups, yes?

    TM is not designed for copying, transferral of data in the manner you described. With Migration Assistant, you are given a chance to "refresh" another Mac (with a different OS as well!) with the TM contents of another Mac - effectively, "migrating" all or selected user accounts across with exact duplicate of data backed up in the TM. That means if your first Mac goes kaput - then the TM image on the external HDD serves to restore the entire HDD contents on the replacement Mac; a valuable option for many people.
     
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    What could *possibly* be done is that TM is used to only restore the user account, holding the said iPhoto library, onto the second Mac; this also "moves" the affected user data away (MacOS actually keeps it somewhere else). So you get the same account, data, password, etc. on the second Mac.

    But, if the said user account does NOT exists on the second Mac, then you have effectively made a copy of the user account. Please note "user account" means you have setup the Mac's with multiple user accounts.
     
  10. Wahreo

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    I think it's to do with iPhoto TBH because I can gain access to all my other files, all my PDF's etc, This is by plugging in the external HDD then clicking on time machine and then back ups- users etc etc......but for some reason Apple doesn't want me to get into the iPhoto back ups. I'm not particularly computer literate but I'm sure there is a way of accessing the photos.
     
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    I haven't use TM in "anger" like that - but I imagine that any file with significant revision/history in it is most unlikely to be able to be opened by the associated application for the reason that only changes to the contents are actually incrementally saved instead of the contents verbatim. This reduces the net number of data actually stored - making back ups fast and small. The TM "browser" then allows the user to select the file revision and TM will re-construct the file on-the-fly.

    If you're interested in only a selection of photos from the library you want to transfer across, try GDrive - a *FREE* cloud/online solution from google.
     
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