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How to re-associate OFFLINE masters?

381 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 1:26 PM by Kirby Krieger RSS
carbonRX8 Calculating status...
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Jan 8, 2013 7:45 AM

System is Aperture 3.4.3 running on OS10.8.2


I have some referenced masters that were stored on an external drive.  That drive has since been reformated and I recovered my masters from a backup.


So now my masters, in the exact file structure that was on the old external drive, are now sitting on a new external drive. (Which, btw, is a buffalo thunderbolt drive and it is AMAZINGLY fast. Just thought I would throw that in as a recommendation.)


Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to "RELOCATE MASTERS" or originals (under "File") before removing the old external.


Aperture does not know that the original drive is gone forever. It thinks that the drive is simply offline and will someday return. It waits in vain.


Because of this, I can't just "FILE>LOCATE REFERENCED FILES."  It does not give me the option to do that on files it thinks is are just offline.


How can I force the re-association of these referenced files? I would like to not have to delete the projects and re-import.  Can someone confirm (with some documentation) that it is impossible to do what I am trying to do?  Or point me in the right direction on how to force aperture to accept the fact that that drive IS NEVER COMING BACK!  MOVE ON, ALREADY!


***In my searches, I have seen many posts (here and elsewhere) that seem to be asking the question I am asking; however, all the answers have been to the effect of "Just use "File>Relocate masters."  I would like to reiterate that is not an option for me.***

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), See entry
  • stumbleone Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to carbonRX8)

    I had the same situation.  Renaming the new drive exactly the same as the old drive allowed me to re-link. 

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 9:52 AM (in response to carbonRX8)

    Hi.  Not doubting you -- honest -- What does happen when you select any of these files and run "File➞Locate Referenced Files"?


    And you do recognize -- this seemed apparent, but I started to doubt after reading your final paragraph -- that "File➞Locate Referenced Files" is not same command as "File➞Relocate Originals"?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 10:41 AM (in response to carbonRX8)

    That's not how it should work.  If I select Images whose Originals are off-line and run "File➞Locate Referenced Files" the dialog box lists the Images and their currently-associated Original files.


    To associate the image with a different file (in your case, the moved files are "different" to Aperture), you should be able to click the "Show Reconnect Options" and navigate through all the drives and directories currently mounted to your system.


    Are you not seeing the same "Referenced Files in Selection" dialog?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 10:54 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)

    I see exactly what Kirby sees:

    A set of referenced files - offline:


    The "Locate Referenced Files" window: The disk image "MyScratch 5" is offline, and the reconnect options empty.



    But that does not matter: Use the File Chooser window to navigate to the correct drive: in this case "MyScratch6", and the "reconnect" buttons will be shown. Not the name of the drive needs to be identical, but the filenames. Otherwise you will have to force a reconnect  by holding down the options key. (Kirby, was it the "options" key or command?)





    OS X Mountain Lion, 2.4 GHz I.Core i7, 16GB, 500GB SSD
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 11:20 AM (in response to carbonRX8)

    Been there, got the scabs  .  Glad you're on your way again.  Select ONE Image in the upper part of the dialog, and (Aperture should do this automatically) ONE _file_ in the lower part of the dialog, and then click "Reconnect All".  Aperture should match them all up.  Confirm by filtering for Images whose Originals are off-line.  Note that reconnecting can take hours (I did about 600,000 Images once -- took c. 40 hr.).  Strongly suggest closing Aperture after the reconnecting is done.  This will force the update to shared Previews (and some other things), which should be done before you get any further just in case something goes wrong.  Shutting down, too, may take many minutes (but not hours).

  • SP Rankin Calculating status...
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    Jan 8, 2013 12:37 PM (in response to carbonRX8)

    Thanks so much for this question!


    I came here looking for information on this precise issue, and am totally thrilled to find the answer so quickly. I knew I was missing something!


    I copied 70GB of referenced files from my 3TB external hard drive to my computer hard drive so that I could work on them on a long flight without dealing with the external HD. I'm assuming once I'm back in the office I can relink to the files on the drive, and retain all the revised metadata?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 1:26 PM (in response to SP Rankin)

    Once a file is in Aperture, you should use Aperture (and not use Finder) to move the file.  Aperture provides all the tools you need to move your Originals, including converting Referenced Originals to Managed, and vice versa.  The proper thing for you to do (if while travelling without your external drive you want to be able to make adjustments and print or share Versions) is to, in Aperture, select the Images whose Originals you want to take with you, and then convert them to Managed Originals using the command "File➞Consolidate Originals".  This will move the Originals into the Library.  Then when you return from your trip, move them back to your external drive with "File➞Relocate Originals".  This is (in all but extreme cases) better than copying with Finder, and then re-connecting with Aperture.  (To be specific: in Finder, delete the 70 GB you copied, assuming that you copied and didn't move the files, and that you have not yet made any changes to your Aperture Library.  Then select all the Images whose Originals you wish to consolidate, and run "File➞Consolidate Originals".)


    Note that you can _always_ work on metadata (ratings, Version names, color labels, keywords, etc.), even when your Originals are off-line.  If revising metadata is all you expect to do, you don't have to move your Originals at all.  Please see this page in the User Manual for further notes (in the section "What Are Managed Images and Referenced Images?").  Note, too, that is one of the areas in which the User Manual is not up-to-date (it still uses"Master", which has been superceded by "Original") and is not effectively written (imho).


    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger -- minor additions for clarity.


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