9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2012 9:18 AM by Frank Caggiano
Jarveye Level 1 (5 points)

Im on: Mac Pro 2x2 Ghz Dual-Core Intel Xeon, 6GB 667 Mhz DDR2 FB-DIMM

Im running: Aperture v2.1.4


I work in a small media office with a large workflow of photography, so managing all the photos has always been a problem. i got aperture which is great, but i have had issues over the years.


i started with a normal library on an external 500GB USB drive, this soon filled up and i discovered also that you cannot split a library over several drives and also that it runs very slow with so many images, especially on an external USB drive.


i decided to begin a new library, this time i kept the library file on my macintosh HD and referenced the files to a new 1.5TB HD.

we currently have in this library about 2 years of photos, around 160,000 referenced masters on the external drive and the aperture library file is around 160gb now.


this has worked ok for 2 years but now im running low on space again (on both my HD and the external) and aperture is running increasingly slow.


my plan was then to buy a new INTERNAL 2TB HD and begin my 3rd library on the basis that the other 2 librarys will be availble to connect to when i need them. this is assuming thats its my only option, i would love to have one library with all the photos, but it seems not to be possible.



My problem: firstly provided this plan is plausible the first thing i want to do is move the massive 160GB library file (which contains no masters) over to the remaining space on the 1.5TB external USB drive to clear space on my main HD...

1) im guessing this will make it slower when accessed but will be ok? will it still know the location of the referenced files on the same HD (unmoved)?

2) i tried copying the file over already, it was due to take 5 hours to copy, on the last 30 mins it hit an error copying one of the files and therefore cancelled... what on earth do i do to prevent this?

3) perhaps a silly question, its been a wee while since i created a new library and i cant see where i do this? i know i select which aperture library i am connected to in preferences and re-start, but no idea how to create a new one.

Mac Pro 2x2Ghz Dual Core Xeon, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 6CB 667Mhz DDR2 FB DIMM
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    For #3 you create a new library by going to File->Switch to Library->Other/New


    for # 2 could be a bit harder. First tun Aperture permission repair and library repair on the library. The use Disk Utility and run repair on both the source and destination drives. Also include the exact error message if you still get the error.


    For #1 it should still know the location of the masters after the move but if it doesn't you can reconnect them via File->Locate Referenced Files. Its a bit involved to describe the procedure so let's hope you won;t need it



  • Jarveye Level 1 (5 points)

    Ok thanks for your help.


    the error i get is:

    The Finder cannot complete the operation becuse some data in "DSC_5123.jpg" could not be read or written. (error code-36)

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Did you do all the steps I wrote up in #2?


    If you did and the error still ocurss you'll need to find the file referenced in the error message and remove it.

  • Jarveye Level 1 (5 points)

    I was a little confused as to what you meant in 2, i know how to do the disk repair using disk utility on the drives, but i have no idea how to run "aperture permission repair" and/or "library repair" on the library, can you explain this please?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    See Aperture 3: Troubleshooting Basics



    Doing this from my iPhone so my editing options are limited.

  • Jarveye Level 1 (5 points)

    i have just tried the repair and also used disk utility i got a slightly different message this time when trying to move it to the other HD:


    "The finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "OriginalVersionInfo.apversion" could not be read or written.

    (error code - 36)"


    as you can imagine with a library that size (even bigger since i posted this originally) it takes hours and hours to try and transfer only for these errors to come up and the entire trasnfer be canceled.


    i am trying the "re-build library" option just now, but not holding out much hope, any other suggestions welcome, down to 5GB on my main HD...

  • Jarveye Level 1 (5 points)

    did the re-build library and still getting the same error:


    "The finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "OriginalVersionInfo.apversion" could not be read or written.

    (error code - 36)"


    really running low on dissk space, any suggestions?

  • Jarveye Level 1 (5 points)

    just realised there are one of these "OriginalVersionInfo.apversion" files for EVERY image and the error code does not help identify which one is the problem....


    oh dear....

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    You're getting a read/write error on either the source or destination drive. See my response in your other thread on this problem


    It's best not to start multiple threads on the same issue, really causes a lot of confusion.


    Also what happened from May to now? Did my last suggestion of repairing the library fix the issue then and is this a new issue or did you not use Aperture since May?


    Message was edited by: Frank Caggiano - the low disk space could also be causing problems. Is there anything you can move off the drive temporarily to free up space to see if that helps the library copy?