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Migrating Masters from External to new computer

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Deborah Vernon1 Calculating status...
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Feb 6, 2013 12:11 PM

Hi,  I have a new iMac.  Migrated everything to it from old.  New computer has previews of all photos from aperture.   All my masters on Aperture were referenced to external hard drive.  Problem is, external drive has different connections and won't work with the new iMac.  On the old computer, I relocated the masters to a new external drive (that has connections to new).  All works great on old computer, but new computer won't recognize the files on the new drive.  It still has them as on the old drive.  I went to Manage Referenced Files thinking I could tell it to use new drive however it does not give me the option to "reconnect", which is what I think needs to happen.  I have gone to pictures, selected ALL before doing this step.  Selected appropriate drives.  Not working. 


What is my next step?  Can I re-tether my two computers (with external drive connected that holds masters) and somehow get masters that way?  Could I try just throwing out Aperture on new computer and starting migration of Aperture all over?  I thought I could just move masters back to old computer and start from there, but old computer doesn't have enough space.   I don't even mind having all the masters back on new computer as it has the space.  I just need to have access to masters in order to email, edit, etc.


Thank you for any advice! 

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Aperture 2
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,665 points)



    Hmm. Sounds to me like you have been doing it all properly.


    Maybe someone else has some additional insight.



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    Hi Deborah --


    Did you copy your Aperture Library from your old computer over to your new computer after you used Aperture on your old computer to relocate your Originals to your new external drive?


    The path to your Originals is saved in your Library.  If you don't, in effect, replace/update the Library on your new computer, the Library on it has no knowledge of the changes you made when you relocated your Originals.


    Everything else seems OK ... except:  are you using Aperture 3?  You sig line says 2.



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    I wouldn't do that yet.  There are almost surely easier (and likely better) things to try first.


    Note that you cannot, literally, import a Master (unless you import it as part of a Library).  All you import are _files_.  The become Masters once they are processed by Aperture.  You won't be able to attach newly imported files to existing Versions.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    Caveat:  I have never used Aperture 2.


    Try this (assuming that you have a back-up of your Aperture Library -- that is, a third copy that is not on your old computer or on your new computer).

    - delete the Library from your new computer (you will lose any changes you've made since moving to the new computer -- are there any yet?)

    - copy the old Library from your old computer to your new computer

    - attach your new drive to your new computer

    - double-click (in Finder) your (just copied over) Library


    Does it "see" your Masters on your new drive?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    Sure.  The Library shows as a file in the Finder.  Copy it via an external drive or via any network (if available).  Doesn't matter.


    Just to be clear:  it's is only your Library that you are copying.  You do not need to (and should not) move the program "Aperture".

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    You're welcome  .  Ask more as needed.




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