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I just find out many images missing from my most important project for no reason and don´t know what to do!

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A Ayala Calculating status...
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Dec 23, 2012 11:44 PM

I was checking my SDHC cards to see which ones had already been downloaded to my computer and sudenly after I inserted one of the cards an anouncement poped out telling me Aperture had trouble importing many files... since this card had already been downloaded in one of my projects and had been working on some of the pictures I did not mind and took the card out and formated it in my camera (as I said before all the pictures had been downloaded before!) and I went to work on Apperture. When I opened the project I was going to work in I found lots of pictures missing!

I don´t know how to recover this pictures or if it can be done!

This is my most important project to date!

I will greatly appreciate any help.


Alberto Ayala

Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • jderuvophotography Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Aperture 3 has it's own Trash

    Top left in the Library Tab of the Inspector

    I would look in there first

    Also did you check the Search field to see that it was clear

    Lastly did you look in All Photos at the top of the Library Tab


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,700 points)

    We need to know more, to understand exactly what the problem is:


    How did you import? As managed originals files (stored in the Aperture library package) or referenced originals (stored outside the library). And if referenced, where did you select to store the originals - in their original location, on your system volume, or on an external volume?


    When I opened the project I was going to work in I found lots of pictures missing!

    In what way are the pictures missing? Do you see empty frames, exclamation points instead of the pictures, or are they not shown at all?



    If the pictures do not show at all, you may have opened a different Aperture library, or you may have set a filter that prevents the images from showing. Check the search field in the browser, when viewing your project and clear the search field, if necessary:




  • sunblock90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    check the box in the upper right and reset it to "show all"

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,700 points)

    have you taken any new pictures with your memory card? If the pictures are very important to you, you might  give Media Recover a try to recover the images from the card. It should work, if you only erased the files; I am not sure how much can be saved after reformatting.

    - -


    Also, have you searched your mac in the "all images" mode? Maybe the image files have been written somewhere else, not where you expected.


    To search for all images:

    • open a Finder window and type ⌘F.
    • In the "Find" panel press "This Mac"
    • Press "+" to add a rule "Kind is image" and select your file type
    • Press again "+" to add adate rule, for example within the last two weeks, or whenever your pidtures have been taken.
    • allimages2.png
    • Are any of your pictures still to be found?



  • paulclark Calculating status...

    I'm pretty close to switching back to using iPhoto for several reasons, one of them being Aperture's nasty habit of deleting or corrupting data on my SD cards while importing photos.


    I lost several images from a recent shoot that were luckily part of a set of HDR shots so I was able to salvage the project, but needless to say I was very unhappy.


    Other times after importing all the image files I was prompted to delete imges and eject card. I chose not to delete the images but to just eject the card. The card did not dismount so just out of curiosity I checked the recently imported folder and nothing had been imported. If I'd erased the card I would have lost a very important client!


    My work flow now is as follows:


    1. Mount SD card on desktop and copy entire contents to extrernal hard drive.

    2. Launch iPhoto and import all photos.

    3. Do not eject or erase card.

    3. Export images to the various folders I use depending in what process I am going to be applying.

    4. Import processed images to a new project in Aperture.

    5. Backup

    6. Check images are present on HD and backup

    7. Unmount SD card and reformat in camera.

    8. Trash iPhoto originals.


    Under no circumstances will I use Aperture for importing data off an external card or HD.

  • paulclark Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)

    The exact same corruption issue happened to me and I tried several different utilities to get the images back, but to no avail.


    After trying several options, including hooking the computer directly to the camera, various card readers and even different media, the problem seems to be within Aperture.


    It loses connection with the incoming data source (you can even see Aperture error windows sometimes saying the media was ejected while an operation was in process) and then it corrupts the media somehow.


    Not good!

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,585 points)

    What you are experiencing is not right.  I have imported several hundred thousand images, and have never seen it happen.  I always leave the images on the card (or in their original location).  So we know that Aperture can work with cards without incident -- and we start, rightly, with the assumption that Aperture should import from cards without incident.  The question then is: how can we trouble-shot your problem?


    But this thread is the OP's, dedicated to his/her problem, which is more at this point about recovery than about a safe workflow.  If you wish help trouble-shooting yours, start a new thread.


    Fwiw, no one should _ever_ reformat their cards until they have two copies of their data elsewhere (as exemplified in your workflow).

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,585 points)

    A Ayala wrote:


    I tried to restore my Aperture library from Time Machine this morning but I think I made another BIG MISTAKE when answered to replace my library instead of keeping both...


    I´m very frustrated and disapointed and don´t know if there is anything I can still do to recover my files...

    Understandably  .  At this point, _one_ thing I would do is keep stepping back in Time Machine and restoring your Aperture Library (perhaps to a fresh drive) until you have a working copy (if possible).  Then at the least you have back-stopped your data loss.  Copy this Library, and don't touch the copy until the whole issue is resolved as best as it can be.  You might be able to recover additional Images and Projects from other, more recent Library back-ups; you might be able to get some data off your card or out of either Aperture's or your system Trash.

  • paulclark Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)

    I agree, this thread is about how to retreive the OP's photos, and kudos to you guys and gals for helping to provide solutions.


    My solution is to not use Aperture to import photos from SD cards, at least until Apple fixes whatever it is that's causing it to corrupt data. At least that way there won't be anymore corruption issues, which is kind of a solution right there.


    I'm not doubting most people have zero problems importing trillions of images, but all I know is iPhoto never corrupted any of the data on my SD cards and Aperture did it several times using the exact same card reader and media, which is why I provided my workflow.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,585 points)

    paulclark wrote:


    [ ... ] which is why I provided my workflow.


    Which was helpful 


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