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francescarussell Level 1 (0 points)

The last time I updated my vault after upgrading to 3.3, the vault is now almost 200 gb bigger than my library. How is this possible? What is going on? I updated again to 3.3.1 but nothing changed.

Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • peter_watt Level 3 (910 points)

    I have a new 20GB Aperture Library and my first Vault generation is 40GB.


    The reason is the new Aperture library has virtually no Previews saved but the Vault has generated 18GB, presumably a full set of previews.


    Not sure of the necessity for generating a whole raft of previews, not sure why "half size" previews (which is my default setting) in the Vault take up almost as much space as masters, but that seems to be what is happening. I will delve in a bit deeper regarding Preview settings etc and I suggest you do the same.

  • peter_watt Level 3 (910 points)

    OK looked a bit deeper. Vault is producing full size previews of most of my new library, thus doubling the size of the Vault. This includes images that I have browsed in Aperture so that a preview should have existed??

      Anyone know how to forcee Vault to use the preview settings of Aperture? Or should I update previews before creating the Vault?

  • peter_watt Level 3 (910 points)



    I changed all sorts of settings, forced preview creation, rebuilt, etc. No change. Still Vault creates full size previews of most but not all of my images despite my settings..

    So sorry Frances, I seem to have a similar problem with no remedy that I can see.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    I don't use Vaults, but I took a small, separate managed Library and let one be established for it.  The resulting size of the vault was essentially identical to the original Library, only ever so slightly smaller than the Library.


    How are you are you observing the size of the Library, btw?


    Insofar as what should be in a Vault, see:



    Which pretty much says a vault for a managed library should be an exact copy.



  • Neil G Level 3 (740 points)

    Similar problem here. 17gig iPhoto Library after I used Aperture to relocate the Master files to another drive. (16,500 images, 600 are still Managed).  43gig of master images moved to that other drive -- but shouldn't be touched when I create a Vault.


    Created the 'empy' Vault okay but when I tried to update it, I got a "Not Enough Disk Space" error. It says it needs 170gig (yeesh!) but there is only 52gig available on the volume.


    Other Vaults have been okay since 3.3.  This is the first one I tried to create from an iPhoto 'conversion'.

  • peter_watt Level 3 (910 points)

    Ernie Stamper wrote:



    How are you are you observing the size of the Library, btw?





    with Finder and observing package contents in detail. see





    compare (2).jpg

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    Clarify, please.  I see here in the screenshot a Previews folder with lots of nested content.  Why do you say there are no previews?



  • peter_watt Level 3 (910 points)

    Sorry, said virtually none, ie almost none. My sloppy language. In fact there are quite a lot in number but small in volume compared to the full size previews that vault creates to fill in the gaps.


    If you look at the highlighted line in the vault it corresponds to the top line in the library, so all the folders above that are previews that are in vault but not library. There are others further down that are vault only folders. In terms of size the additional lines in vault add up to 20 GBytes  whereas the folders common to both total less than 18 MBytes on both sides.


    Cant get an image count from package contents, don't know how. I am guessing at 50k a preview with the preview settings I am using, that's about 360 saved previews out of 12,000 masters in the library.


    Is the fault with aperture not saving the previews, or is the fault with Vault ignoring preview settings, I wonder.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    In the Package view, if you right-click on the Preview folder, both in the Library and in the Vault, the sizes does not match -- is that correct?


    The advice that Leonie gave that very small images may not have Previews generated may be the answer, but that is not at all clear.  I would expect the 5 MB jpegs to need one, however, with the setting you have cited.



  • peter_watt Level 3 (910 points)

    That's what i don't understand, it's saving previews of 168kB images and not for 5MB ones.


    If it were not for the quaint one folder with silly name per preview I could do some more analysis but it's like a word-search.  It's a new library, new mac, new Aperture, one big import from folders. Can't think what else to try if rebuild has no affect.


    Yes preview folder size in library 18MB, in Vault 20GB .  Masters in both places around 20GB.  With thumbs of 3GB thats total library of 23GB and vault of 43GB

  • matthewbull Level 1 (10 points)

    I too am having problems with Aperture 3.3.1

    I have two 1Tb external drives: one for the library (something around 300-400Gb) and the other for the vault.


    I deleted my old vault completely, and created it from scratch. It's apparently about 560Gb.


    However when I try to update the vault, it says there's not enough space because it needs an *additional* 420Gb. Presumably this is on top of the 560Gb it already uses for the vault. Huh? In that case how did the vault get created in the first place.


    Do we have to assume that any vault needs 3 times the space of the library it's backing up? This seems crazy.

  • SierraDragon Level 4 (2,695 points)

    IMO what is crazy is using the managed-Masters-Library approach, which builds huge Libraries and huge Vaults that are constantly being backed up.


    Instead back up originals once before importing into Aperture and reference them upon import. Makes for civilized Library sizes and civilized Vault sizes.



  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    Each to his own.  My 1 TB plus Managed Library can be backed up via Smart Update in SuperDuper in 5 to 10 minutes -- two full copies takes me like 20 minutes to do.  And were the primary drive to fail, the cloned backup is ready to subsitute without any reconnect hassle.



  • Neil G Level 3 (740 points)

    Moved the Library to a different Mac, so now the Masters folder isn't present and it's a different Aperture installation. As expected, the Master files are 'missing' but trying to backup the 17gig Library still wants 170gig of disk space. Aperture Feedback (bug report) is my next step.

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