10 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2013 10:27 AM by léonie
Mike Meyer1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)

What is the recommended process for moving Aperture libraries to a new computer?

 

I'm doing a hardware swap/upgrade.

 

Thanks

  • 1. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    As long as all the originals in the library are managed (stored in the library itself) you can copy the library from one drive to another. Just make sure that all dives are formatted OS X Extended.

     

    If any of the originals are referenced then there are some extra step. Post back if this is the case.

  • 2. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Mike Meyer1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)

    They are, so I'll just move to the computer then and do a File->Import->Library, thanks.

     

    When moving to a new computer, will I have any trouble reinstalling Aperture from the AppStore?  I've already purchased it and I don't want to have to buy it again, just re-isntall it on the new computer.

     

    Thnx

  • 3. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    You can install Aperture on the new computer just make sure you log into the App Store with the same ID you used when you purchased it.

     

    One thing, you mention doing an import on the new computer. There is no need to import the library, once you copy it over it will open in Aperture as is.

     

    regards

  • 4. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Mike Meyer1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)

    Thanks.  How will it know where it is located?   For example, if I locate it on a different drive or array on the new computer?   Are you making certain assumptions as to where I put it?

     

    Thanks

  • 5. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    No, two ways to have Aperture open it:

     

    Start Aperture and do File->Switch to Library. The library should be in the list of libraries but if it is not select Other/New and locate/enter it from that window.

     

    Or locate the library in Finder BEFORE opening Aperture and then double click on the library in Finder. This will cause Aperture to start and open the library.

     

    good luck

  • 6. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Mike Meyer1 wrote:

     

    For example, if I locate it on a different drive or array on the new computer?

    ?  What exactly is the set-up you are going to use?

  • 7. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Mike Meyer1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)

    I don't currently have a specific place in mind, but I could locate the file anywhere, in any custom path, or off on an external RAID-5 array.  So how does Aperture know of this new file's sudden appearance?   The logic behind the discovery is what I'm aiming at here.

     

    Thanks

  • 8. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    but I could locate the file anywhere, in any custom path, or off on an external RAID-5 array.

    Anywhere, as long as the drive is formatted for MacOS X - MacOS X Extended Journaled.

     

    So how does Aperture know of this new file's sudden appearance?   The logic behind the discovery is what I'm aiming at here.

    Aperture will not discover it - you have to direct Aperture to its location. Look again at Frank Cacciano's post above:  Re: moving aperture library to new computer

     

    • Either select your Aperture library in the Finder and double click it to open it - this will lauch Aperture on that library and Aperture will remember the path to the library.
    • Or launch Aperture from the Dock or Applications folder and hold down the alt/opt key ⌥  while you are clicking Aperture to launch it. Then use the file chooser panel to point Aperture to the library location.

     

    -- Léonie

  • 9. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    Mike Meyer1 wrote:

     

      So how does Aperture know of this new file's sudden appearance?   The logic behind the discovery is what I'm aiming at here.

     

    Thanks

    As I wrote in my previous message you need to tell Aperture where the library is. Use one of the two methods I outlined, from within the Finder or from within Aperture, and you will be good to go.

     

    regards

  • 10. Re: moving aperture library to new computer
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    Sorry for misspelling your name - I was in a hurry - dinner time!