1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 4, 2013 10:20 AM by Kirby Krieger
CharliewIII Level 1 (0 points)

I purchased a new external hard drive to use for the Photo Vault for Aperture. When I started the process the iMac will not allow any other actions. The progress bar seemed to stay in the same place for over two hours so I force quit the process. I have about 350GB of photos. Is this normal for the imac to not allow any other activities during this process and approximately how long should this take?

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    It can take overnight, particularly for a large Library, a first Vault, or with a slow external drive.  I don't know why you couldn't do anything else (that seems odd).  What is the format of the new external drive?  How is it connected?


    The Progress Bar is not reliable.  Neither is the "Not responding" report from the Force-quit dialog or from Activity Monitor.  (The program might not be responding, but is almost never hung.)


    You should avoid force-quitting Aperture (or any DBMS).


    You should run "Database Repair" after every force-quit.  Instructions are on Apple's Aperture trouble-shooting page.


    So back-up your Library (make a copy), run the repair, then try the Vault again, this time let it run overnight with your machine powered on and set to not sleep.