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  • Cyrtolite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ... I've noticed that Aperture can't delete from an external drive. If you try to delete referenced masters that reside on an external drive it presents a message to the effect that it is unable to move the files to the trash. Lightroom has no trouble doing this. Too bad Aperture can't do it. This ability is kind of important to my work flow.
  • Narvon Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    Thanks for an answer..

    However, I meant to say I was importing to an Internal drive from a separate Internal drive (my mistake, I was tired and it was late). Also, they are not referenced files, yet. These are new (actually 6 years to present) files that I am moving into Aperture 2.0. All the files are on a separate drive from the OS and Ap2.0 and I am putting them on another separate internal drive as referenced. I need to move them and reformat the drive they currently reside on when I am done.

    That is why I am looking at my internal drive as a giant Flash Card with photos. I want them deleted so I know which ones remain to be added to my Projects. I may have a group of photos in one folder, that I want to put into 3 to 5 different Projects. If they don't erase/delete, then when I go back, I have to keep sifting around all those files and try to remember if I already imported them. Then once I reformat the drive, I won't be too happy if I find that there was something I missed.

    This is creating more work and duplication that I don't need.

    The only thing I can think of is that Aperture can only handle the deletion of photos if they are on the same drive as the application itself, the OS or both?? Maybe someone out there knows an answer or perhaps there is a fix on the way.

  • jayelevy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unfortunately, 2.0.1 does not appear to address this nagging problem. Alas, I've begun formatting in camera. Perhaps that is a safer solution after all.
  • Narvon Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    That's a bummer....

    For now, I'm importing they way I want (Aperture makes a copy) and then I go back and delete the imported images. However, I have to really take my time (double and triple check) so I don't accidently delete something that hasn't been imported yet.

    Not sure how this is supposed to speed up my workflow??

  • Bob Rehak Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Same problem here. Aperture 2 won't delete files after import. I'm using a Sandisk Extreme firewire card reader and Extreme IV eight gig cards. Images taken with Nikon D3.
  • Greg Wagoner Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Same problem here. Aperture won't delete my camera files after importing. Using a Nikon D40.
  • RckStwrz Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)
    i forgot to mention i use a Canon 30D

  • LurkingTom Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I wouldn't risk allowing anything but the camera format a card for a Nikon pro level (or any DSLR) camera. Not any computer operating system, not Aperture. I would guess this applies to other brands, Canon, etc. You just don't want to get caught in the field with a half filled card that is no longer readable -- and this is known to happen after OS card erases. It never happens when the camera does the format (at least not to my knowledge).

    However, it is a real nuisance to no long have the ability to delete and eject an iPhone after uploading new images to Aperture. I am not sure why this option went away.
  • wavefunc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Any word on fixes to this yet? I get the option to delete, but it doesn't actually delete the images off the card. I have a Pentax K10D, and a friend with a Nikon D80 is having the same problem.
  • Frank L. Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Same problem - no option to delete in A2.0, even with 'Show alert when finished' checked. Nikon D80. Used to get the option in A1.5.

    I recommend everyone write Apple about this bug:
  • JonasLondon Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Hi all, to be honest, I have never deleted anything from a card after import, so I won't ever be bothered by this - however, what I want to recommend to those who wish to do this, is to consider changing the workflow slightly.

    It is commonly known that CompactFlash (and certainly SD cards etc. as well), benefit from regular formatting "in the camera that is using them". This guarantees all half-used, non-used, maybe-used bits are deleted properly and the "structure" if you will, remains more intact and optimized.

    Also, "deleting" images will not physically remove them, i.e. if you delete them via the camera delete function or Aperture or another filesystem "delete" command, they will remain at least partially readable by special tools. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that the formatting option of the camera is used. It is also usually far quicker.

    I have not timed the difference of the (inferior) delete images method on the filesystem vs. formatting in my D200/300, but the first takes significantly longer than the formatting option.

    Hope this helps someone, happy shooting!
  • wavefunc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's good advice about formatting the memory card in camera, but it's no substitute for the filesystem deletion. I format the memory card in the camera every time I am able to clear all the images off of it (perhaps every second or third time I download images from it) but being able to delete from Aperture allows one to pull off all of a certain set of images, say from one shoot, and then quickly delete them all, while leaving images from another shoot on the card to be downloaded and removed later, maybe even by a different computer.
  • JonasLondon Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Hi Matt,

    regarding the option to delete another shoot later - on one machine/Aperture library this should not be a problem thanks to Aperture2's new function "Do not import duplicates" - which I think works great.

    But of course you are spot on about importing another shoot/session on another computer, I did not consider that very valid option - and of course, if Aperture has the option to "delete imported images from card after import", well, then it should certainly be able to do so!
  • Engineer Dave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem here. Using Canon 20D. In Aperture 1.5 I used to get a dialog after an import completed asking me if I wanted to erase the imported images from the camera. Now with Aperture 2.0 the import completes and I never get the option.

  • DYW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It looks as if the latest aperture 2.1 update still has not addressed this bug. Can always re-format in camera after import.