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How do I re-reference files on aperture after my HD crashed?

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My hard drive where I stored referenced files for Aperture crashed. Hence, I cannot edit, upload or email over 10 years worth of photos. Fortunately, I was able to copy all the files to another HD.   How do I make Aperture recognize these so that I don't have to re-work all the albums and projects and re edit all the files?


Thanks for any help.


Aperture 3, iOS 5.0.1
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,535 points)

    You need to reassign the master image files by selecting the files with missing masters and going to the File menu:

    File -> Locate Referenced Files.


    To quickly select all files that need reassigning, create a smart album:

          New -> Smart Album

         add rule: File status is "missing"


    Then select all the  images in that album and ctrl-click it: From the pop-up menu select: Locate Referenced Files.

    In the file chooser that will appear direct Aperture to your master files.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,535 points)

    Hello Cris,

    when I try to reconnect, I see a screen like this:


    In the upper half is the old location, where the image should have been, in the lower part is a file chooser with  all my drives and standard folders. In this lower section I navigate to the new location. When I have identified the correct master file, then the reconnect buttons will becom active and I can press "Reconnect All". Is this file chooser missing on your screen?




  • tclk35 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for your suggestion.  I use an external boot drive because I live in 3 places.  I just upgraded my external boot drive and assigned a different name.  My Aperture file indicated missing location.  I followed your procedure.  The only thing different is that I needed to push down the option key to wake up the Reconnect All button which is otherwise dimmed.


  • tclk35 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I wrote too soon.

       After a long time of re-referencing, I found that 90% of the photos were re-referenced.  But not all.

       I followed your procedure again.  But this time, I failed to light up the Reconnect All button, not matter what other keys I depress.

       Any suggetions?  Thanks.



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