2498 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2011 10:43 AM by nkan
Aperture remembers also the drive ID and not only the path. To reconnect your masters choose 'File' -> 'Locate Referenced Files...' from the menu. If you locate a master file, Aperture should reconnect all the others. In my case I needed some attempts until all the masters where connected again.
A while ago, Aperture lost its ability to recognize file path name and now seems to rely solely on a disk ID number. That means if your disk fails, but you have an identically names backup, it will be necessary to manually reconnect your masters on the backup disk. I have sent multiple comments and bug reports to Apple over the past year or so without the problem being fixed. Why this was changed is a bit beyond me.
Your suggestion works, but
1) You have to first select all photos in the "photos" smart album. If you do select them all, "Reconnect All" will not work.
2) Most important, after reconnecting, I also told Aperture to rebuild my library. And it lost them again... The photos got connected to a <null> named drive which is shown as offline.
We are talking about a big deficit of reliability here...
I had a backup of my Aperture Library. So I reconnected the files again, without a Library rebuild this time.
But what if I need to rebuild my library in the future?? I AM SCARED...
No need to mention that I have lost all day moving around many gigabytes of data, reconnecting files, etc etc. This is hardly a productivity boost.
The worst part is that I like a lot the Aperture UI and I hate the alternative.
But Aperture is unfortunately unreliable.
Just play enough time with the loupe on my MacPro and the application will crash.