4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 9, 2012 4:00 PM by Aye Es Oh
ctsui19 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

After upgrading Aperture to version 3.4 (via app store), I get the usual "your library needs to be upgraded to work with this version" etc. So, I went ahead with the library upgrade, and what once was a working and perfectly functional library is now full of "recovered photos" (that are 'unlinked', despite it being a managed library), missing projects, etc. There are folders of photostreams all over the place from my iPhone, and over 12,000 missing photos.


It's a huge mess and frankly I don't know what to do. I've restored the previous library from a Time Machine backup, but obviously now I can't open it without upgrading because I have the new Aperture.


Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a way to get the previous version of Aperture so that I can salvage my libraries? Honestly I don't even know what I should do because it just seems like hours and hours of work to get my library functioning again that I almost want to take this chance to switch to Lightroom.


I'm running OS 10.8.2 on a Macbook Retina.


Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • ctsui19 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, correction, this happened after upgrading to 3.4.1. It was fine in 3.4

  • Blue_Magnetic_Eagle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I have the same issue with Aperture 3.4 (build 34.1) Everyting fine (if I don't count the sloooww response on just about everything) until the last update... Importing is also not working anymore: I connect my camera, it gets properly recognised, including wat's on it's SD-card, I choose what to import and where, click on "import" and nothing happens. If I try to do this serveral times over, Aperture stops responding and I have to force quit it.

    Letting Aperture repair the library at the next relaunch doesn't help, neither does ignoring this 'repair database' warning...


    I'm opting for a 'manual' rebuild of the database, but I first need to figure out what files I can safely delete so that Aperture can recreate them. Clues anyone?


    I'm running it ona a MacBook Pro (early 2008) with Mac OS X10.7.5.

  • apuserbfly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same issue, after ugrading (which gave me no choice) for the second time now. The first time I went to use Aperture it said I needed to upgrade and would not let me use my library unless I did, what a huge mistake and mess.  Just as I thought I had everything sorted out and even made a new library, tonight another upgrade message shows up and what do you know, once again I have missing files and now my library is totally stuffed! I am pretty fed up! I am definitely going to look at using another program! With over 80,000 photos and now 8,000 missing or offline, I have lost faith in Aperture!

  • Aye Es Oh Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    I would try a repair or, failing that, a rebuild of the database as described in the troubleshooting basics article. Also, if you're using referenced libraries, and can open Aperture to view your images, make sure that all the referenced images are located first (File->Locate Referenced Files...).