Aperture 3.x: Reconnecting Missing or Offline Referenced Images
When a referenced image’s original is offline, you can’t make adjustments to the photo until you reconnect the original to your Aperture system. If you have disconnected a hard disk drive that holds a referenced image’s original, you can reconnect the drive to your computer system and Aperture automatically locates the hard disk and reconnects the original.
If a photo is offline or modified in some way that makes it unrecognizable as the original referenced image, you can still select it and Aperture can reconnect the original for the specific photo.
To reconnect an offline referenced image
Reconnect the hard disk holding the referenced image’s original, or otherwise locate or make the file available to Aperture for reconnecting.
Select the project that contains the offline photo you want to reconnect, or select the offline photo in the Browser.
Choose File > Locate Referenced Files.
If necessary, click the Show Reconnect Options button.
At the top of the dialog, select the file path for the original that you want to reconnect.
A thumbnail of the photo and some identifying metadata appear.
In the bottom half of the dialog, navigate to the location of the referenced image’s original on the hard disk and select the original.
You can follow the file path listed for a selected photo in the top of the dialog.
When you select the file, a thumbnail of the photo and metadata appear, allowing you to compare them to the thumbnail and metadata in the upper part of the dialog to make sure you’ve selected the correct file.
Click Reconnect to reconnect a specific photo, or click Reconnect All to reconnect all selected photos.