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Restoring Picasa from DVD backup
January 15, 2012
7:48 pm
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Jim Bass
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Backed up Picasa to DVD using backup command in tools.  To test the DVD was inserted in a computer that had no pictures in My Pictures or Picasa.  Used the Run Picasa restore exe. and checked original location, went to Picasa and there were not any pictures.  Next I checked my pictures and there were files there, but it does not appear to have all the file folders and the folders that are there do not have all the pictures.  

I thought the files would be restored in Picasa with file folder names and pictures in the same manner as the original computer showed.

I have looked thru tutorials and have been unable to locate one that goes into detail on restoring.

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January 18, 2012
10:29 am
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Before experimenting further – I have found that after you select restore to original location and select restore that Picasa must must be reinstalled. That brings up several questions:

Where are the pictures restored prior to Picasa reinstallation?

Are they restored to My Pictures prior to Picasa installation?

If they are restored to My Pictures does it included edits made in Picasa?

If the above happens – does this mean the original pictures are lost?

If the original pictures are lost and there is a backup of the originals can they be restored to My Pictures, and if so how does that effect the pictures in Picasa as Picasa automatically updates new pictures?

Lots of questions.

I have purchased two 8GB thumb drives that depending upon answers to the above questions – one would be used to backup the original pictures in My Pictures and other to backup the ones in Picasa.

Thanks for your time and patience.

jdb

January 18, 2012
11:30 am
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I figure it's easiest to reply inline to each of your questions – my response will be in blue …

Jim Bass said:

Before experimenting further – I have found that after you select restore to original location and select restore that Picasa must must be reinstalled. That brings up several questions:

Where are the pictures restored prior to Picasa reinstallation?

If you keep pictures in 'My Pictures' then that's where get restored.  Picasa does not store your pictures.  It works with them wherever they are.  Make sure to watch this video about Picasa's Folder Manager.  You might also want to read Forget About Picasa and Learn Files and Folders 

Are they restored to My Pictures prior to Picasa installation?

Yes!  Then, when you install Picasa, it finds them there.

If they are restored to My Pictures does it included edits made in Picasa?

Yes!  Edits you make to a picture using Picasa are stored in the picasa.ini file which resides in the same folder as the picture files.  When you install Picasa, it finds the pictures *and* interprets the .ini file to show you its library.

If the above happens – does this mean the original pictures are lost?

No!  Picasa will not let you lose your original – period.  Please watch the video How Picasa Handles Edits.

If the original pictures are lost and there is a backup of the originals can they be restored to My Pictures, and if so how does that effect the pictures in Picasa as Picasa automatically updates new pictures?

As mentioned above – the original pictures are NOT lost.

Lots of questions.

I have purchased two 8GB thumb drives that depending upon answers to the above questions – one would be used to backup the original pictures in My Pictures and other to backup the ones in Picasa.

You're right that I haven't made a video on Restore … I'll put that at the top of my list!

Thanks for your time and patience.

jdb

January 18, 2012
11:58 am
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Chris, thanks for your prompt reply.  I will review the turorials you suggest.

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