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There are no .RAW files...if you are shooting raw files in the Canon 7D you should have .CR2 raw files, somewhere...if you did anything to the files in Aperture requiring conversion from raw (CR2) to rendered files, then yes, you might have tiff or psd files that were rendered, but you should also have the original CR2 files somewhere. You should be able to find those original files and use Bridge CS5, Camera Raw 6 and Photoshop CS5.
That's what I mean by RAW (CR2 files). Sorry I was not clear on that. So this is just my process.
1) Take pictures.
2) Take CF card out of camera and plug into a CF card reader.
3) Aperture automatically opens up and I hit "Import"
4) All files import to Aperture then I'm asked to delete all images off CF card.
Now all the images are PSD and I can't find anywhere the CR2 files. Its like they are totally converted and gone.
So it looks like the only way I can save CR2 images is insert the CF Card drag the content off the CFcard into a file on my desktop or other location. Then I can find those images though Bridge and have the option to bring images to Adobe Camera RAW.
Thanks for the help. I think I'm out of luck on those old images I have in Aperture. I'll just start moving the content files on the CF card directly to a folder on my desktop or other destination. I really think Aperture just converts things to smaller files to save space or whatever. Thanks again Jeff for the fast response.
Do a search for the specific name of the missing files with a ".CR2" extension on your computer. Instead of the pretty-much useless Spotblight, conduct your search with the free EasyFind.
Unless Aperture has stuck them in packages like iPhoto does, EasyFind should find them if they're there.
I don't use Aperture, so I can't tell you whether Aperture deletes the raw files upon conversion, but that would be just about the stupidest, craziest, most abhorrent thing Apple could ever do.
I detest library paradigms like Lightroom, iPhoto and Aperture use.
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Your original raw files are still there -- they're just stored inside a package that Aperture creates.
Get them out but selecting the files in Aperture and using the Export Master command under the File menu (I think those are the menus -- you may have to look around a bit).
Export your original raws and start organizing them the way you want with folders.