Currently Being ModeratedJan 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"?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)
Kirby, as far as aperture is concerned, there are no files to locate. They are simply offline. Selecting the photos indicated as offline and hitting "File>Locate" puts you into the "Locate" dialog, but with no files to select to locate.
To your final paragraph: Indeed, they are separate commands. I wrote what I intended to write. There are several discussions here and elsewhere that appear to be asking what I am asking. The problem is that the suggested solution is just to move the files with "Relocate." In both my question, and I think the questions to which I refer, that is not possible, because they are already moved. I cant go back and "Relocate." The disk is gone. I would agree, had I relocated prior to the disk's disappearance, "Relocate" would solve all my issues.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)
AHA! We are seeing different dialogs! Well, different results within the dialog. Unchecking "Show only files not found" makes a considerable difference.
Your instructions would work exactly as described here, in the aperture manual. I found them just as you posted.
Turned out renaming the drive would not help much because I have since added referenced files that are doing just fine in their new home. I suspect changing the drive name now would just put me in the same place but with different files.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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?)
LéonieOS X Mountain Lion, 2.4 GHz I.Core i7, 16GB, 500GB SSD
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 10:59 AM (in response to léonie)
Yes, Thank you vey much for your help (all of you.) I have been beating my head on this brick wall for two days now, all because of a simple checkbox that escaped my view. I hope my inexperience and lack of attention to detail will serve as assistance to others searching for answers to their questions!
Again, thanks for the time and effort helping me out.
EDIT TO NOTE: the checkbox in question is right smack dab in the middle of the windows pictured above.
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Currently Being ModeratedJan 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).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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.