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IPhoto library deleted - How do I get my pictures back?

Update:12-10Source: network consolidation
I have just spent hours categorizing my pictures from my Mac HD into Iphoto folders. Once everything looked good, I deleted the Iphoto library on the HD just to save space. Pretty stupid!
The problem is that I see the grey frame of the pictures (called thumbnails?), but no pictures. How do retrieve the folder?
Has anybody a good piece of advice?

The Best Answer

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Did you put the Library into the trash and empty it?
The obvious solution here is to restore from your back up.
Otherwise: you can forget the library that you worked on. There is no way to recover that. It’s gone. The best you can do is recover the Photos and then start over with a New Library.
You will need a File Recovery utility to recover the files. File Salvage is one such. This will scan the HD for the deleted photos. It may find multiple versions of them. In every case choose to recover the largest filesize. This is most likely to be the Original photo.
Then create a new iPhoto Library: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library' import the pics and start over.