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HT1338 How do I get my photos back in Aperture3???

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wodiczka Calculating status...
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Aug 31, 2013 12:09 PM

I have just updated my Aperture 2 to Aperture 3.  The new version has taken over my old version (and I can't get back in to my old version) and now I it seems I have lost my photos!  All my projects are there, named as in the old version, but no photos!!!  Help.....

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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,490 points)
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    Aug 31, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to wodiczka)

    More details would be a great help here, such as were your photos before the upgrade being stored as managed or referenced, have tried to repair and/or rebuild the library and are you using any third party applications to do things with the library.



  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,490 points)
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    Aug 31, 2013 12:17 PM (in response to wodiczka)

    I can't help until you answer the questions

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)
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    Aug 31, 2013 11:42 PM (in response to wodiczka)

    Have you checked, if any filters are set, that may prevent your images from showing? Check, if all search fields in the Library Inspector and Viewer are cleared and showing "All items" or "Show all".

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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)
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    Sep 1, 2013 12:30 AM (in response to wodiczka)

    Is the size of your Aperture library large enough for a library to hold all your photos, if you look at the size of your library in the Finder?


    If yes, check, if rebuilding your Aperture library has created a special project named "Recovered". Sometimes lost image files will be collected in such a project.

    If there is no "Recovered" project, look inside your Aperture library project in the Finder. Select the Aperture library, ctrl-click it, and use the command "Show Package Contents" from the pop-up menu.


    There should be a folder named "Masters". If the library still holds your photos, the original image files should be in this folder, organized by yoear, month, day of the import session. Is there such a folder, and can you find your image files inside it?


    I have back up of my computer, but not sure I should go there as I only have aproblem with the Aperture library.

    What kind of backup do you have? Time Machine? Vault? Clone?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

      The Aperture Library from there looks like it still has all files, so I have copied it onto my hard drive now.

    How exactly did you copy the library from the backup? Did you enter TIme Machine and let it restore te library? That would be the safest way.


    I'm just about to go into Preferences and change the Library Location to this library.  It now tells me:

    "The selected library is from an older version of Aperture and requires a relaunch to switch.

    It would be better to let Aperture repair the library, before upgrading it to verion 3. That is what the release notes are recommending.


    Select your restored library in the Finder, hold down the key combination ⌥⌘ and double click the library,  then select "Repair database". That may take a while for a large library to complete.


    This should automatically switch Aperture to this library and then start the upgrade to version 3.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,830 points)

    The problem you are having is that the repair of the Aperture 2 library needs to be done by Aperture 2, that is before you did the upgrade to Aperture 3. Once you have 3 on your system it will not do anything with the 2 library except try to upgrade it.


    I am guessing if you just upgraded to Aperture 3 you did it via the Mac App Store, correct? Do you still have the Aperture 2 DVD and serial number?


    If you do you can try re-installing Aperture 2. Drag Aperture 3 from the Applications folder to the trash and install 2 from the DVD. Then, with a library restored from your TM backup, start Aperture 2 and try doing a repair. If that works go back to the App Store and install Aperture 3 again and see if the upgrade of the library then works.


    It's a lot of work but at this point I see no other way to get your library upgraded to 3.



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