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Merge Iphoto into Aperture and make all referenced on external drive

1519 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2013 2:56 PM by Terence Devlin RSS
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Jan 15, 2013 10:46 AM

I want to MERGE all my iphoto libraries into my Aperture library and then delete the Iphoto libraries. (see why below)


My goals

- merge so I can see all photos at the same time in one Aperture library....not open separate library as you can do now from aperture

- then place all these as referenced photos on an external drive since I'm limited on space with 256G MacAir.

-  Then, delete my Iphoto libraries once I have confidence that all were imported and relocated (making sure that Aperture is not just looking at them where they were in the Iphoto area I'm about to delete)


When merging iphoto library into aperture library, I do NOT get the options mentioned in the Aperture guide. It just starts importing after I select the library!  (see snapshot below).user manual snap.jpg


Looking for suggestions.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)

    Import the iphoto Libraries as Managed libraries. That's the merge done.


    Then Relocate the Masters.


    File -> Relocate Masters.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)

    You could try to relocate all the original image files you already imported into Aperture to your external drive, to make more space on your internal drive. Only then try to import your 20000 images iPhoto library.


    Or move your large iPhoto library to the external and import it from there. Then you will not need twice the space for this library on your internal drive.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
    oh by the there a way to just PASTE a snapshot into these post rather that having to import it?


    Only if it is already on the server for the Apple Support Communities. If you posted it previously, you can copy and paste it from your previous post, like this:


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)

    If there is a discrepancy between the diskspace shown in Finder and in Disk Utility, you may be doing local backups (are you using Time Machine?). Local backups are done, when your TimeMachine volume is not mounted. The Finder does not count the size required by these backups, but Disk Utility does, afaik. See:

    Where did my Disk Space go?


    Is your external drive correctly formatted? Maybe the error message is misleading. Check, if the drive is formatted MacOS X Extended (Journaled). You cannot store an Aperture library on a volume formatted MS DOS (FAT).

  • Ralphidou Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    so, in a few sentences, for people wanting to manage large (>40k) photo libraries on a mac with tiny storage space (500Gb SSD) - what is the correct way to go?


    -use aperture or iphoto (latest versions) ?

    -create separate libraries for older pictures (for instance older than 2010 and newer than 2010) ?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)

    You can use either, but in different ways.


    If you use iPhoto only, simply put the Library on an external drive.


    If you use Aperture then you can do that, or simply reference the masters from an external drive and keep the Library on the internal.


    Multiple libraries are possible with either app, but can be inconvenient.


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