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Am about to move 20,000 images to referenced -- hold my hand!

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MarkPek Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Mar 19, 2013 9:44 AM

Hi all,


Just about to get my 3TB Seagate drive to move my images to referenced.  How's this for a plan:


(1) I want to consolidate all my originals into my Library before I move them to the new drive.  I have just a couple of thousand referenced images on an old external drive, and I want to bring them into the managed Library (on my MacBook Pro).   I guess I can go to Library > Pictures > Select All and create a smart album of referenced images and then consolidate them?  (Or can I just select all images and let Aperture figure it out?)  This will bring everything to one place for a nice easy movement off-board.


(2) Then I want to move all the originals from 1957-2012 to my new external drive.  I assume I can just create a smart album with those dates (or maybe just anything that's "not" 2013), select all, and Move Originals?


Is it that simple?  The reason for this, of course, is that I'm running out of space on a 500GB MacBook Pro.


Oh, also (3) is there an easy way to ensure that my Vault actually works as a healthy back-up before I try this?


Thank you!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Aperture 3.4.3, iPad 2, iPod Touch
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)

    The plan sounds reasonable. A few points:


    Erase and format the new drive regardless of what it says on the label or how it behaves when you attach it to your system. This will guarantee that the format is correct and any gross errors are caught before you write any data to it. Be prepared a single pass erase on a 3tb drive will take a while, figure 24 hours.


    Consolidating the current referenced images is OK just make sure you have enough room on the internal drive. Figure you'll need at least 15% more space then the final images will take up. You don;t want to run out of space in the middle of this.


    As another way to go about this you could just relocate the referenced images from where they are now to the new location you don't have to bring them into the library before doing this.


    I would do the not 2013 selection, just easier and I'm lazy.


    The only way to ensure that a vault is good is to restore it. Given the size of the new drive you could restore to that before you start the relocation. This would also be a further test of the drive.


    good luck



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)
      I unmounted the drive that they're on, and I made a smart album of referenced images "off-line."   Surely there's a better way to do this, but I think this worked.


    I was just going to suggest just that. Only create a regular album from the smart album or search to save the result or flag the images. The album will become empty once you reconnect your external drive and the images are online again.


    Unfortunately Aperture provides no search rule in the smart settings to search for the pathname, only to search for the filename.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)

    Have you set the "Ignore ownership on this volume"  flag for your external volume? That may help.


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    Added: How is that drive connected to your Mac? Directly connected or is it a network volume?


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