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Lost aperture disk and Macbook Pro HDD

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Dec 5, 2012 5:25 AM

My MBP crashed, lost my HDD. I cannot seem to find my original install disc of aperture (bought it full retail before discounts), so dont have the license number. Just bought a new mac mini 2012, hoping to reuse aperture without having to repurchase aperture again. Any ideas?

   I do have a backup of the photos in a vault in a  USB drive, will that help at all?



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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    That is tricky.


    You can download the Aperture 3 trial installer to reinstall Aperture from this webpage - there is a link to the trial and instructions on how to reinstall:

    Aperture 3.4: May quit unexpectedly on launch after updating


    But you certainly will need to find your serial number, otherwise reinstalling will be of no use.


    Apple will issue replacement serial numbers for Pro Applications, if you can provide a proof of purchase. Contact Apple here, if you cannot find the registration key:

    Pro Application Replacement Serial Numbers




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 7:44 AM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    finally managed to get the HDD from my dead MBP,



    If you can boot from the HDD in the enclosure (connect it to your mac and hold down the options key while you boot), you should be able to launch Aperture and see the serial number in the "About" panel:

    Aperture menu > About Aperture.


    Copy it, and enter it, when you first launch Aperture from your new system drive.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 9:01 AM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    Copying  the registration file will only work, if you are not reinstalling on a new machine, sorry. The "ProAppSystemID" file ties the registration number to the system id of the current machine; it is located in /Library/Application Support/ProApps.


    Ask Apple for a new registration number, sometimes they have been very helpful:

    Pro Application Replacement Serial Numbers


  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    The OS's are machine dependent, that is a version of the OS for a mini will not run on a MBP or vice-a-versa (as you found out).


    Instead boot the mini normally and mount the enclosure with the HD from the MBP. Once it is mounted you should be able to go to the Applications folder on the external drive and run Aperture from there. Then you can get the serial number off the About Aperture window.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 9:21 AM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    What version of Apertute was on the MBP and what version of the OS's are on the mini and the MBP?


    And why were you and how were you trying to update Aperture?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 8:26 PM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    OK so you had Leopard on the MBP. No surprise that you couldn;t boot the mini running ML then. But I am surprised that when you mounted the HD from the MBP on the mini you were not able to run it. You wrote

    Aperture running off the USB drive, states that the version of aperture is not compatible with the OS or something similar.


    Can you supply the exact wording of the message. Also did you try opening Aperture while holding down the option key, this will allow you to create a new library bypassing any possible incomparability with the libraries you currently have.


    You wrote that you copied over Aperture from the HD of the MBP to the mini and then updated it. Did you try to run Aperture before updating it?


    As a test I just mounted an old volume I have here running Snow Leopard with Aperture 3.2 on it and it ran fine on a ML system.


    Something just isn;t clicking; even if the old version of Aperture wouldn;t run for some reason (and it should, there are people running Aperture 2 on Mountain Lion) when you upgraded it to 3.4.3 it should have at least got to the point of asking for the serial number.


    Try running off the external HD again and hold down the option key, see if that makes a difference.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 8:46 PM (in response to Alter_Ego)

    How old was the MBP? Was it an intel machine or a PPC?


    What that crash seesm to indicate is that the version of Aperture on the MBP was PPC code and not intel based. If that is the case there is no way that that version would ever run on the mini.


    Not sure that about what I wrote above, must be getting late


    Your problem does seem to be realted to this Aperture 3.1: Quits when opening after migration from Mac OS X v10.5.8 to Mac OS X v10.6.4


    I'm not sure at this point what you can do to try and get the serial number out of the Aperture you have short of finding a Leopard machine.




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