13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2012 9:48 AM by drifteryank
L Briggs Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

I recently upgraded to a MB Pro Retina running Mountain Lion. In Aperture 3, all referenced file links are now broken. All files were transferred from my old MBP. I used Migration Assistant with my Time Capsule, so all files are in exactly the same location and names were not changed. When I use File>Locate Referenced Files, the path shown is the same as it is now, but it shows the files are off line. So it isn't relating to the files on the new MBP.

 

Is there a way to restore all links without having to do them one at a time?

 

Thanks very much.

  • 1. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,820 points)

    Are the files on the internal HD or are they located on an external drive?

     

    (A side note if the referenced files are on the same volume as the library you're really not gaining much by having them as referenced)

     

    Anyway at the bottom of the Reconnect window there are two buttons reconnect and Reconnect all. Reconnect all will allow you to do all the files at once.

     

    See Reconnecting Missing or Offline Referenced Images in the Aperture manual.

     

    regards

  • 2. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    L Briggs Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Thanks for the quick reply.

     

    About half are on an external HD (connected) and the others are on the same volume. In both cases, they are in folders and subfolders.

     

    When I go to the Locate Referenced Files, the paths are listed, and the same paths still exist. However, it seems to want me to select indivudual photos to reconnect. I haven't found a way to select all to reconnect all at tone time.

     

    The one other possible clue I can think of -- when I was setting up my new MBP, the internal HD was named Macintosh HD. I am not positive, but I think my old MBP's hard drive was named MacBook Pro HD. (I have wiped the old one, so I can't tell for sure.) If that were the case, would the name change for the hard drive be the culprit? And how would I fix that.

     

    However, for those photos on the external drive, that drive name has not changed.

     

    By the way, I have looked at the manual and didn't see anything for this kind of problem where I had to reconnect the entire library.

     

    Thanks.

     

    Larry

  • 3. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,920 points)

    The dialog box is not easily understood.

     

    Select all the Images you want to reconnect to their Originals.  (Filtering "Photos" with the Rule "File Status" "missing" is a good way to group Images that are missing their Originals.)  Run "File➞Locate Referenced Files"

     

    Select one _image_ in the upper pane, and its corresponding _file_ in the lower pane.  Click "Reconnect all".  Aperture will match up as many images to its proper Original file as it can.  Repeat until done (Aperture usually gets 90-100% with each pass).

     

    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger -- expanding for completeness.

  • 4. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    L Briggs Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Bingo.

     

    Thanks, Kirby. I appreciate the help very much. That worked relatively painlessly.

     

    Larry

  • 5. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,820 points)

    Glad you got it working. Just to be clear here is the section of the manual I was refering to:

    Reconnecting Missing or Offline Referenced Images

     

     

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  • 6. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,920 points)

    Don't forget to thank Frank -- he did the work.  I just sprinkled a little sugar on it once it was served.

  • 7. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    L Briggs Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Frank and Kirby,

     

    I now have a fully working Aperture library again. Thank you both. When I read Frank's advice and the manual, I missed the point that  I didn't have to highlight each image to have the link repaired. That by picking 1 image, the software would find most, if not all, of the other images and reestablish the links. In my case, I think that for each batch I did (total of 2600 images), Aperture got 100%.

     

    Thanks for the work and the sugar!

     

    Larry

  • 8. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    drifteryank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As a result of Apple’s recall and replacement of my iMac hard drive my Aperture images are messed up.  In fact running Migration Assistant to bring everything from my backup drive to the new Mac internal drive failed to bring Aperture and a lot of other apps over at all. (Apple's Aperture Support has been very reluctant to even help getting me to this point.  Ironically, my Apple Care Support expired several days earlier.  Shouldn't matter.)   Anyway, I now have 158 Aperture referenced files.  But I cannot get your procedure to work. 

     

    I filtered for the 158 referenced files and put them in a Smart Album.  But when I Select All and run File-> Locate Referenced Files it says there aren’t any.

     

    Using just one project as a test sample, if I run File-> Locate Referenced Files there are nine. After doing the procedure to reconnect one image or as a separate test to reconnect all and Done, I can go back to the project and give the Locate Referenced Files command and the same files show as referenced.

     

    I still have vaults on my backup drive from when I backed up just prior to taking my Mac in for the drive replacement.  I wonder if I should just try a restore from them.

     

    Thanks for your help.

  • 9. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    drifteryank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    PS. The referenced files are on my Mac hard drive.

  • 10. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    drifteryank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, I see the 158 files that show up is the exact same number that are in a Recovered Project that was created today after I had to Force Quit Aperture.  After that I got a Rebuilding Library screen.  Maybe that is why they don't show as referenced when I Select All in the Album and do File-Locate Referenced File.

     

    I believe at one point when I was updating the vault the number of referenced files was shown as 298 or something close. That was prior to the Force Quit.  So I am not even sure how many files are referenced at this point.

     

    Also my smaller individual project that shows 9 referenced files if I Select All, List Referenced Files does not show any if I filter it for "File Status Missing".

  • 11. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    drifteryank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is probably doing it the hard way but I did a Select All, Locate Referenced Files on each of my 68 projects (excluding the Recovered Project).  9 of them have referenced files totaling 299 images.

  • 12. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    drifteryank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After a lengthy phone call with Apple Aperture Support they could not get the reconnect to work either.  Finally we selected all photos and did File->Consolidate Original (Option selected: Copy, rather than Move). Now when I check for referenced files I do not get any.  However, for some reason when I update the vault it says I have 9064 managed files and 654 referenced.  Otherwise I think all is well again.

     

  • 13. Re: referenced file links broken - how to repair?
    drifteryank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Regarding the 9064 managed files, I also don't understand this number.  I only have 3598 orignals in my library. My understanding is that "managed files" are synonomous with "originals".  It just seems like the numbers that pop-up when you Update Vault are flaky.