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Aperture 3 Referenced Masters on a Network Drive

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Francis Mariani Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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I purchased a Synology Disk Station as my network attached storage solution. I was hoping to have my iTunes media and my Aperture referenced masters on the RAID-enabled network drives. I have had nothing but trouble with iTunes referencing media (extremely slow) so I gave up. Now I am attempting to relocate the Aperture masters to the network drive. According to this article, I should definitely not be moving my images to the network drive, as the drive must be formatted as Mac OS Extended, but the Synology Disk Station volumes must be formatted as FAT32. Meanwhile, I did try to relocate some images. One problem I have is that if another user logs in to my iMac before me and mounts the network volume named Sally, when I log in and mount the network volume, the volume name is not the same, it is Sally-1, and Aperture cannot find the referenced masters! I imagine this would happen with any network drive when multiple users are logged into the Imac.

It seems like I have a gigantic network brick that I may be able to use as a glorified Time Machine backup drive, or is there something I can do about this? How does one have networked Mac OS drives? Connecting a drive to an Airport Extreme the only way?
iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Aperture 3.0.3
  • Natasha69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought a Drobo FS. Here is what I did:

    I left the itunes library on the current machine. But, I created a symbolic link for the actual media files folder. Then pointed that symbolic link to a folder on the Drobo FS. This works very well. Only downside is that if another computer (my wife's) adds content to the library, it will only be on her library right away, until I scan for new files on my computer. Since we use one computer as the media station, this isn't an issue.

    Still trying to solve this. I put the entire library on the DroboFS, and it failed gloriously. I think I have to mirror the iTunes solution above, but figure out which folders to move to the DroboFS and which files to keep on the local machine.

    Mac Mini / Mac Book Pro / iPhone 4 / iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
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    Aug 11, 2010 12:53 PM (in response to Natasha69)
    Re iPhoto on a NAS:

    Still trying to solve this.

    iPhoto needs to have the Library sitting on disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Users with the Library sitting on disks otherwise formatted regularly report issues including, but not limited to, importing, saving edits and sharing the photos. Simply a NAS is not a suitable home for an iPhoto Library.

    Workaround: Make a dmg formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and put the Library on that and store it on the NAS.

    I think I have to mirror the iTunes solution above,

    This involves having iPhoto reference the files on the NAS with the Library on your internal HD or some other volume. I strongly suggest that you don't do that. Unlike Aperture, iPhoto has no tools to reconnect with lost masters (Originals in iPhoto) so should anything go wrong you'll find yourself re-connecting each individual photo in the Library with its Original +one by one+.

    but figure out which folders to move

    You would need to recreate your Library as a Referenced Library.


    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM


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