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For people searching, the question might also be phrased: How do I restore Picasa albums from backup? I need to get the original, high resolution file back, as Picassa reduced the file size form 4MB to 1.5MB.

When I reinstalled my computer and restored my photos from backup, some of my albums showed up, but many didn't.

I've found the following info:

Picasa on Windows stores album info in these places:

Vista: C:\Users\<myaccount>\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa2Albums\
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<myaccount>\Local Settings\Application Data\google\Picasa2Albums\

I restored that folder and was still missing many of my albums. That folder also contained a folder of backups, but the most recent one was from a long time ago and I've created albums since then.

According to, since the Dec 8, 2011 build, Picasa saves album info in .ini file(s). This probably explains the albums that I do see. has some great info on restoring albums on Macs, but the folder structure seems to be different there than on Windows.

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closed as not a real question by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, ChrisF, BBlake, CharlieRB, Canadian Luke Nov 20 '12 at 18:08

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Just create a new album with a unique name and then search for files names with that album name in them on your C: drive. If that doesn't solve it, then search all files (.) for one with the name in its contents. – martineau Nov 20 '12 at 8:01
Good idea. It seems that newer versions store albums differently than older versions so I'd need to find and install an old version to do this. – Dan Nov 21 '12 at 14:10

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