I want to move my 35G iPhoto library to Aperture. I had to rebuild the iPhoto library, because the first time I tried to import it I got error messages and it appeared that the original iPhoto library was corrupt. I successfully rebuilt the iPhoto library, which is stored on an external drive, and all seemed to be in order.
I tried, a few days ago, to import the rebuilt iPhoto library into Aperture, creating a new Aperture library on a 64G Centon flash drive which was formatted to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The import took the better part of 2 days, at which point it stalled and was unresponsive. After unsuccessful attempts to quit, I ran Disk Utility on the flash drive and found it corrupted and unrepairable/unformattable by Disk Utility. It won't mount on either of my Macs, and although it's visible in Disk Utility, all options for reformatting/erasing or partitioning are grayed out. I did some research at Centon's site, and found this:
In order for the drive to be recognized properly again, it will need to have the partition reset back to NTFS. It is recommended to do this from a Windows computer using the Disk Management tool. After the drive has been reformatted successfully on a Windows computer, and after Mac OS X has been updated to OS X 10.4.11 or later and NTFS-3G has been installed, then you should be able to format the drive as needed on your Mac system. From Windows, use the Disk Management tool to reformat/reparation the drive.
So I now have an unusable 64G drive, at least until I can find someone with a PC to reformat. The problem is this: I read (can't remember where) that formatting a 64G flash drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is not recommended, and I also read that in order to create an Aperture library on an external drive, that's exactly how it needs to be formatted.
So my question is: am I going the wrong route trying to put my new Aperture library on a flash drive at all? What would be the difference between storing it on a flash drive and a larger portable drive? I really, really want to be able to take all my photos with me, and the small form factor of the flash drive makes it possible.
Thanks in advance for any guidance.