I just bought a Seagate Backup Plus external hard disk drive for the sole purpose of storing my photo files in the Backup Drive. How do I do this? If I select a certain photo and go to File>Export that takes me to the Hard Drive location, which is a desktop Mac. My external HDD is connected to the Mac, but by clicking on the Hard Drive as end destination, am I storing it on the Seagate HDD? I don't think so.
Shouldn't the Mac recognize the presence of an external hard drive and give it a letter designation? By the way, I would first like to create various folders in the external drive for different photo ctegories (e.g., landscapes, people, etc.)
Exporting is not the way to go because by exporting you create a duplicate.
If I understand you correctly you want to move your photos to the external HD.
Is your external drive visible in the Folders panel in Library Module?
If yes, you can just drag-and-drop the photos or the folders to your external hard drive.
If your external drive is not visible in Lr.: Copy - via mac Finder - one photo and move it to the external drive. Rename the photo if it is one that has already been imported in Lr (to avoid duplicate issues).
Then import this photo in Lr via the Import Dialog. Your external drive should then be visible in Lr Folders panel. Then proceed as before explaned - drag-and-drop.
What? Web-weaver, I'm surprised at you... you _never_ suggest someone re-import (without explaining why).
Basically, what WW is saying is that LR will sometimes ignore another hard drive if you have never had images on it. So he is saying to copy one image out of one of your folders via finder (you can use LR and "show in finder" to find one if you have to). Rename it so that LR will not realize it's a copy. Then, when you import it, use "ADD" function, NOT copy or move. This will "force" LR to recognize the hard drive, and show it to you.
Then you can simply drag and drop your entire tree from inside LR and it will be happy about it.
Or, onother way is to simply go into finder, and move your top level folder of images (NOT the catalog file!) onto your external disk. Do this while lightroom is closed.
Then when you start LR, it will complain about missing images. Right/control-click on the top level image, and select browse to reconnect that folder, all the rest will reconnect themselves (as long as you kept them in the same location, i.e., only moved the ENTIRE set).
Either way will work, most people prefer the inslide-LR-method, as it's "cleaner", but either way will work.
Wow, thanks for the quick response. The external drive was not visible in LR3, so I tried copying a sample photo from [Applications>Pictures ] using Mac Finder and clicked on "Paste". Well, it pasted the photo on the same folder with a different filename. You would think that, like Windows, it would ask you where you would want to paste this file to, but there is nothing (except for the Seagate Backup Drive icon on the desktop).
If I understand your process, the procedure is like this:
1. Copy file in LR3 library and move it to external drive
2. Rename the copied file(s) in external drive
3. Import the copied files back to LR3. By doing this, the external drive will be shown in LR3 Folders panel.
4. Drag and drop new imported files to external HDD.
The problem is that after "copying" the intended destination is not shown.
Thank Jason. I'm going to have to read your input a few times to really understand the process. Yes, it seems LR3 is ignoring the external hard drive because it does not have any images on it. Guys, I really appreciate your help.
Hmm.. If you can't see the hard disk outside of LR, then your computer has not "seen" the disk properly. If you bring up finder, do you see an entry on the left tool bar for it? Is it mounted?
Maybe a screen shot of your disks mounted would help?
Ah, you're a recent convert from Windoze to Mac'salot... Okay, no, paste does not ask where to put it. It assumes you are in the correct folder and want to put it there.
So after you've copied it in finder, browse to the correct folder, *then* paste. :}
Haha... yes, okay, I won't say never... well, okay, now and then.
Birderpp, the reason I said "never re-import" (and got caught on it! :} ) is that too many people who are new-ish to LR try to use that to "fix" problems. This does not usually fix things, and it _does_ remove all of the edits and changes they have done, often causing even more frustration. So it should only be used as a _very_ last resort..
I tried responding to Jason's post but it was too long. So, long story short, and wonder of wonders, Seagate actually backed up my LR3 picture files (unbeknownst to me at the time). How can I tell? Because when I clicked on the Seagate Update icon on my desktop it showed an exact image of my Mac Finder and all Pictures. More on some LR3 problems on a separate post.
So to all you folks (and I appreciate your inputs, this Forum is so great because everyone helps each other) I think my problem is solved.
As an aside Jason, I tried doing what you suggested: closed LR3 and made a copy of a sample picture file which appeared in my Picture folder under a separate named file "image.copy.jpg." Now, when I opened LR3 I could not find the "ADD" function to force LR3 to recognize the hard drive. I invite you to expand on this, although it appears to be a moot point now that I find Seagate does back up all my picture files into its external hard drive.
Ah, one lousy typo... :} You only get the "Add" function when you are importing files; select import, and look near the top. You should see Add/Move/Copy, etc. Only Add leaves the image where it was, forcing LR to see the disk. :}
But you got it, apparently.