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Aperture consistently freezing on import

1388 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2008 8:37 AM by high flier RSS
Steve Bull Calculating status...
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Jun 23, 2008 9:08 AM
So here's the situation: I am using Aperture 2.1 on a 17" MacBook Pro (2.33 C2D, 2GB) and it ALWAYS freezes while importing large folders from external FW HDs. The folders being imported may have anywhere from 2000 to 5000 or more photos organized in various subfolders but it always freezes when it reaches the range of 1180 to 1220 photos. I've tried not allowing the system to sleep and it still does this and doesn't seem to be dependent on the brand of HD (using Lacie and OWC drives). If you import the folders in small chunks it does fine but this is very tedious & time consuming. I also use Lightroom and it imports the exact same folders just fine, but I generally prefer the results from Aperture. Is anyone else having this problem and found a solution?
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,665 points)
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    Jun 23, 2008 4:58 PM (in response to Steve Bull)
    I have the same MBP, 3 GB RAM, and have never had the problem you observe. I reference Masters that live on external drives. I don't know if it will help your problem, but 3 GB RAM is definitely worthwhile.

    -Allen Wicks
    2.66 Mac Pro, 8 GB RAM, 2600 XT; 17" C2D MBP, 3 GB RAM; Nikon D2x, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Perr0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2008 11:39 PM (in response to Steve Bull)
    I don't think this is something related to RAM. I hve a 2.4 GHz MBP with 4GB of RAM and this happens to me everytime I import some folder with thousands of photos.

    The only way around I found was importing partially in groups of 300-400 photos until all my files are imported.
    Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • hallerphoto Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2008 5:25 AM (in response to Steve Bull)
    Did you ever have any luck solving this issue? I'm having the same thing happen on an iMac 2.16 GHz with 3GB of ram, importing from OWC drives over firewire 800. I've had freeze issues where drives seem to get "lazy" and spin down, even when they shouldn't. A double-click on the drive in the finder spins it back up and then things continue. But, that didn't work on this new Aperture problem that I just started having when I tried importing large folders.
    iMac 2.16 GHz, 24", 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • high flier Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2008 8:37 AM (in response to Steve Bull)
    Happened to me every time I tried to import raw files from a folder using a 17" MacBook Pro with 2GB memory.

    Unfortunately my trial version expired before I could test it on my iMac 24" with 4GB memory.

    BTW, apple will only let you try Aperture one trial session per user, not one time per computer. Kind of silly.
    MacBookPro 17", iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.4)

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