I'm praying that someone can help me. I use iPhoto and Aperture both. I have about a 60GB library that hold approaximately 22,000 images. I run my programs on the OSX Drive which is an 128GB SSD and I store the photos on a separate internal 750GB 7200 drive.
The problem recentlty is that about 12,000 masters appear to be missing. In the browser view in Aperture I get the little yellow triangle with with the exclamation point inside. Most of the missing master appear to be from 2009 and earlier but I do have some masters from they period 2000-2010.
If I click on the "show package contents" of the library folder and go to the master folder the only years that are showing is 2011, 2012 and 2013. Nothing from all prior years despite the fact that I can see the preview, high quality in almost full screen in Aperture.
WHAT I DID NOTICE is that if I look at photos from 2010 in Aperture that HAVE the master available, the bottom bar of the photo when I click on it says "From MobileMe". If I click on one with the master missing (the little yellow triangle) it says "iPhoto Original".
All I know is that I want my master's back. They are almosty ALL photos of of my kids.Can anyone help? I've tried all rebuild/repair options in iPhoto and Aperture. I'm almost certain I didn't delete the masters. I don;t have a time machine backup. I did have other backups of the library but when I go to those, I have the sam issue, tons of missing masters even in the backup.
I'm worried that I am totally screwed and I'm heartbroken. I can still see the photos which is what I don;t get. I guess in the worst case I can go through and do shift-cmd-4 and take screen captures of any critical photos.
I'm wondering if someone can help me. Is there some way to batch reproduce the masters from the data that I do have? It's not just a thumbnail---it's a high quality image. Have I some how created versions and deleted orginals? Can someone--anyone help me?