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Jul 15, 2013 5:46 PM

I would like to catalog about 30gb of older pictures from a PC. I would like to move them onto an external hard drive instead of putting them on my Macbook Air. Can I put them on the external drive and then link to them with Aperture?

iPad 2, iOS 6.1
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 5:57 PM (in response to Checkmark)

    Sure, Aperture is designed for cases like this. Will you be adding the images to an existing library or making a new library to hold them?

     

    Assuming you're adding them to an existing library on the Air once the files are on the external drive plug it into the Air start Aperture and select the Import function. Locate the files in the Import window and set your Import options as you wish making sure you set the Store Files: setting to In their current position.

     

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    This will cause Aperture to leave the originals on the external drive. In the Aperture manual this is referred to as having referenced originals.

     

    If you're making a new library the steps for import are the same. Just make sure the library is on a disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

     

    Post back if you have any more questions.

     

    regards

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 6:18 PM (in response to Checkmark)

    Welcome to Aperture and the community.

     

    The ability to have the originals located separate from the library is one of the big differences between Aperture and iPhoto.

     

    Aperture gives you a range of functions that help to organize your library and originals in any number of ways. Have a look through the User Tips for this community (got to by going to the User Tips tab at the top of the main Aperture window)

     

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    There are a number of write ups that will give you a good feel for what Aperture can do.

     

    regards

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 10:26 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    The ability to have the originals located separate from the library is one of the big differences between Aperture and iPhoto.

     

    At the risk of nitpicking, that's equally possible with iPhoto, but I strongly urge against it as iPhoto lacks the tools to manage it effectively, but it is possible.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 11:15 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    At the risk of nitpicking, that's equally possible with iPhoto, but I strongly urge against it as iPhoto lacks the tools to manage it effectively, but it is possible.

     

    That is Apple's biggest blunder in iPhoto - to provide this option without any guidance and tools to recover from problems with this set-up .

    It is too risky to use it in iPhoto, since it cannot be undone. It is impossible to move the referenced images to another drive or even to restore them from a backup - importing referenced in iPhoto is playing Russian roulette, unless you are owning Aperture as well, or at least iPhoto Library Manager.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 11:22 PM (in response to léonie)

    I wholeheartedly agree. I even have a macro to advise people against it, I just type pitfalls and it produces

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3062728?tstart=0

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 11:30 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    That would make a very useful addition to your iPhoto User Tips!

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 7:36 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    At the risk of nitpicking, that's equally possible with iPhoto, but I strongly urge against it as iPhoto lacks the tools to manage it effectively, but it is possible.

     

     

    Given that two of our most experienced users here both agree that this 'feature' in iPhoto is to be avoided at all costs it seems that the safest course of action is to not to muddy the waters by even mentioning it.

     

    While my statement wasn't technically true, given that this feature doesn't work in iPhoto in a way that would make anyone want to use it, I'll stand by it.

     

    So nitpick away but let's not leave the OP with the impression that he has a choice when it comes to referenced masters. The only program to use if you want to have referenced masters is Aperture.

     

    regards

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