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Reconnecting Referenced files in Photos? #1
mikebhm's picture
by mikebhm
May 21, 2015 - 11:48pm

I have been using referenced Aperture Libraries and from time to time it has been necessary to reconnect the Library with its referenced files.

I can’t see any way of doing this in Photos, am I missing something?

I would be worried about converting my large Aperture lib to Photos without this ability.


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by PhotoJoseph
May 22, 2015 - 4:40pm

There's no visible command to do it but if an image is missing, Photos will prompt you to locate it. No such fancy interface as there was in Aperture, but it does ask you to find the original and connects to it successfully.

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by mikebhm
May 22, 2015 - 10:46pm

Thanks Joseph. I was aware of that.

The scenario I am concerned about is where the hard drive of the referenced files fails and 60,000 photos on the backup need reconnecting in bulk.

However I have had it suggested that provided the address of the referenced folder on the replacement backup drive was the same, then Photos would just recognise it and carry on. 

I am going to test this out.

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by mikebhm
May 23, 2015 - 12:09am

OK tests done…reconnection to a back up on a replacement hard drive is indeed automatic provided file path is the same.

I also tested the other scenario where the computer dies and the actual library is restored to a new computer from a back up. The restored library also finds the referenced files automatically.

The lack of the “locate referenced” tool like Aperture has, does limit the ability to change ones photo organisation somewhat, but at least basic ability to back up is still there.

Sorry to set a hare running unnecessarily!

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by mikebhm
June 28, 2015 - 10:35pm

As an update to this I have just been doing some reorganising, and find Photos does have ability to bulk reconnect with its referenced files even with folder name and location changes. I feel this is new since I started the thread.

As above, if you rename or move the referenced folder, then try and edit a photo it will say it can’t find it and ask where it is. Previously (for me, I thought) it would reconnect with that one photo only after being pointed at new location. Seems today that it actually reconnects all. There is no indication that it it is doing it, or a progress bar, and it takes quite a long time, but the clue is to watch the CPU usage which is very high until process complete.

In one case I renamed and moved the folder containing the referenced files, and Photos followed it without a manual re-connect.

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