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Reddragon73 Calculating status...
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Oct 3, 2013 7:14 AM

I have 6600 photos in aperture.


When trying to back up via the cloud it says the aperture photo size is 43GB but when I look on the about my mac label it says its a much more realistic 8GB


Why is this and how can I resolve please ?


Many thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 7:35 AM (in response to Reddragon73)

    What cloud? Not aware of being able to do this with Apple's iCloud so you'll need to supply more information.



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 10:07 AM (in response to Reddragon73)

    How large is your Aperture library, when you select it in the Finder?


    Is your Aperture library in the Pictures folder in your Home folder, as it is by default located?

    When you select the library in the Finder in column view, it show the size below it:

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  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to Reddragon73)

    The storage graph shown in System Information, About this Mac window is, to put it politely, not always very accurate.  You'll get more accurate size info by doing what Léonie suggested.


    Remember that an Aperture library is not only the original image files but also contains the previews of the originals and the thumbnails as well as the library structure and metadata.


    So the size of an Aperture library will not just be the combined size of all the original files. 43 gb for  6600 originals, assuming they are all mannaged and you have previews generated for them all is not out of the ball park.


    Also keep in mind because the Aperture library is really a package of folders and files and not just one file some online backup programs have had trouble dealing with them. You should check with support for the service you are using to make sure they handle library packages like Aperture and iPhoto correctly or else when you go to restore from the cloud you may get garbage back.



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to Reddragon73)

    One other point, while cloud backup is OK  you should not  rely solely on this, or any one form of backup, especially for items such as digital images. 


    Make sure in addition to this cloud backup you have at least one other form of backup, for the originals at least. This way even if the library is lost you can recreate from the originals.




  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,455 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 11:41 AM (in response to Reddragon73)

    I doubt that 6600 photos could have their originals managed (located in the library itself) if only 8 GB.  Are you sure that the 8 GB is not simply the library on your internal drive, but originals are referenced and stored somewhere other than the Aperture Library?



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 7:29 PM (in response to Reddragon73)

    "➞About This Mac➞More Info➞Storage" does NOT include any Aperture Library in the category "Photos".


    Here's the graph for my personal machine, on which I have over 350 GB of Aperture Libraries:


    I'm with Frank: perhaps the only actionable information in this graph is the amount of free space (and the name and size of the drive).


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