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366 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2013 12:47 AM by léonie RSS
rjb1965 Calculating status...
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Apr 29, 2013 3:19 PM

When I uninstalled Aperture 3 I lost all of my photographs.


I reinstalled A3, tried to rebuild and repair the library without success.


I have searched the system for the missing files, but cannot find them


Are they lost forever, any ideas ?

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Apr 29, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to rjb1965)

    How and why did you uninstall Aperture?


    As a rule removing the application Aperture should not affect the libraries but having more information might help figure out what happened.

  • firstlaunch Level 3 Level 3 (610 points)
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    Apr 30, 2013 8:50 AM (in response to rjb1965)

    Can you explain what you mean by missing images? Are there thumbnails in the library? Are there Projects wihtout images in them? What happens when you select Photos in the Instector? Did you confirm that you have launched into the correct library?


    Did you check your sort options? It's possible you search is set to something other then Unrated or Better or Show All.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    May 5, 2013 12:12 AM (in response to rjb1965)

    I unistalled Aperture as it does not support my camera raw files, I installed Lightroom 4 in its place. I used CleanMyMac to uninstall.


    I suspect, when you uninstalled Aperture, Aperture's preference files and presets have been removed. This way, Aperture will no longer know, where your Aperture library is supposed to be located and will open a new Aperture library in the Pictures folder, the default location, and this library will be empty.

    Have you searched for other Aperture libraries?


    You can search for Aperture libraries using the Finder's Search - press ⌘F in any Finder window and set the search range to "This Computer"

    Then add a rule "Kind is Aperture Library" or "File Extension is .aplibrary"

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    If you cannot find any other Aperture library this way, your Aperture library may have been damaged by the uninstalling and cleaning using the unstinstall tool.


    How did you use "CleanMyMac"? Did you treat your Aperture Library as an iPhoto library and let "CleanMyMac" remove originals from the iPhoto Library? That is dangerous. The safest way to clean an Aperture library is to reimport it into a new, empty library. Usually it should not need cleaning at all, since Aperture stores edited image versions very eficiently. Or did "CleanMyMac" uninstall the Aperture library as well, when you uninstalled Aperture?


    Without knowing what you exactly did and removed when uninstalling, it is hard to suggest how repair any damage that might have been done to your Aperture library. How is your backup situation? Do you have a backup from the time before you uninstalled Aperture?





  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    May 5, 2013 12:47 AM (in response to rjb1965)

    Great news!

    So you reinstalled an earlier version of Aperture? That explains it. The earlier version will not be able to open an Aperture library created by a newer version and create a new, empty library. Only after updating to the Aperture version you used last can you access the library.

    Did you reinstall from the installation CD/DVD that comes with the boxed version? That will install a very old version.


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