Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2013 10:44 PM (in response to cormacfromvic)
the upgrade may take a very long time, depending on the size of the library. For very large libraries it may take days.
But if you can start over with a copy of your Aperture 2 library on your old system, I'd recommend to do that. If you can, repair your Aperture 2 library usind Aperture 2 before you try to upgrade to Aperture 3,
see the "Note on Upgrading" the last paragraph in the Aperture 3 Release notes. http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518
It is essential that your Aperture 2 library is in top condition and does not have any problems before you do the upgrade. If you can no longer do the "Repair" in Aperture 2, try to repair in Aperture 3, before you you do the upgrade. To repair a library, hold dow the Option-key and command key at the same time, while double-clicking the Aperture library.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2013 11:18 PM (in response to léonie)
Thanks for the advice...sounds like a good idea....just hope library works back on the old machine/aperture.
Meanwhile, the attempted upgrade on the new machine has now crept along to 3% complete (yeah, somehow it's not frozen anymore - just moving at a glacial pace)...
Still, I must decide whether to pull the pin on it, follow your advice and go back to Ap2 on the old machine and rebuild to debug....or let sleeping dogs lie and watch it creep along like a snail; 3% after around 6 hours...could be days, maybe weeks! Given i work as a photographer, Im probably going to need to take action before then....but at the risk of hurting the library....not an easy decision.
wish me luck! Will let you know how it pans out.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 1:11 AM (in response to cormacfromvic)
creep along like a snail; 3% after around 6 hours...could be days
The progress bar is not very reliable - as long as it is not frozen let it run. The percent numbers usually are totally wrong, and you cannot really predict the estimated time of completion from it.
How large is your library?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 2:36 AM (in response to léonie)
Ok, will let it run....probably for the best (now up to 8%, but as you say, who knows what that really means)...
Not sure exactly how many images in the library, but it occupies about 350Gig, mostly RAW images from a NikonD700.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2013 4:59 PM (in response to léonie)
Just wanted to update you....
Left it running over night again and everything seems OK now....was slow but got there in the end and my library is available and working (Phew!). Thanks for suggesting to just let it run, as I probably would have aborted during the inital 'freeze' period when the colour wheel just kept spinning...
Do you have any advice for keeping the library as healthy as possible in the future? (Is there any risk when conducting a rebuild that the library will be damaged in the process?)...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2013 1:13 AM (in response to cormacfromvic)
Thanks for suggesting to just let it run, as I probably would have aborted during the inital 'freeze' period when the colour wheel just kept spinning...
I learned that from Kirby Krieger. He has really gigantic libraries, and he reported, that one particular upgrade took more than one day.
Do you have any advice for keeping the library as healthy as possible in the future?
Here goes - some basic rules to keep Aperture 3 happy - they are the same as with Aperture 2.
- Always make sure that the Aperture library is on locally connected drive formatted MacOS X Extended (Journaled). Don't move the library to a network volume (google store, dropBox).
- Give Aperture time to properly close all database transactions; don't force quit Aperture. That may create inconsistent database entries, see:
- If Aperture crashed, use "Repair database" immediately.
- Aperture is still a single user database. Don't access the Aperture Library from two machines at the same time or over a network.
- Don't modify the original master image files using the Finder, even if they are referenced.
- Don't import media, that Aperture cannot handle - image files larger than 1 GB, videos with unsupported codecs, image files with filenames that contain invisible characters,...
- Keep backups of the library.
(Is there any risk when conducting a rebuild that the library will be damaged in the process?)...
If your library is in a good condition, no. Rebuilding is a major reconstruction, just like upgrading, but still, it is a routine measure. But we all agree, that you should never try a rebuild, before making a backup first or updating your existing backup.
Good Luck with Aperture 3!