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Referenced files in Aperture 3 are not reading from new hard drive.

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I just merged one libary into another library on my machine in Aperture 3. Everything seemed to work fine with that. Many of the images in the new large library are referenced images. I had many of them initially referenced onto external drives. I'm not consolidating into one larger drive (with a back up too of course). I copied the files onto the larger drive from the individual external drives. I plugged in the new external drive with all of the photos on it and when I went to locate referenced images in Aperture, I found them, however many times the "reconnect" or "reconnect all" buttons are greyed out when I choose the photo. It's not letting me reconnect the images and they do have the same file names.


I have no idea what to think or do. I don't want to have to plug in all of the old drives to get to the pictures. I want everything on one drive to access my large aperture library that is now all in one place as well.


Please help!


Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)

    What is your Aperture version?

    And how is your external drive formatted? Is it MacOS X Extended (Journaled)?

    How is the drive connected? Directly connected or a network volume?


    Have you checked the permissions on the original files?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
    aperture 3


    I meant the full version number:

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    With permissions I meant the following:

    You need to have read & write permissions to the files to be able to reconnect the files. To check the permissions, select an original image filein the Finder and press the key combination ⌘I to launch the "Info" panel. In the Info panel disclose the "Sharing&Permissions" brick.

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    Check if you have Read&Write access to all your image files, also to the folders containing them. If there is a permissions problem, change the permissions to "Read&Write". It would help to set the "Ignore Ownership on this Volume" flag. You'll find this flag in the "Info" panel for your external drive.


    But the safest way really to solve this would be to let Aperture relocate the files to your new drive and not to move them manually. Connect the original drives with your original master image files and move the masters by using Aperture's command "Relocate original file". Then their would be no need to reconnect.

    MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 2.4 GHz i7, 16GB, 500GB SSD,1TB HD
  • Mhrob Calculating status...

    Try this:

    Select all files that need reconnecting

    Go to File > Locate Referenced Files

    When the window opens, select one image on the top pane and find the image on the bottom pane

    PRESS DOWN THE ALT KEY (force reconnect)


    In your case, once you have located at least one file, you can then use the « Reconnect All » button and Aperture will reconnect all matching files in the directory.


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