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Moving files to external hard drive

Jul 13, 2007 9:15 AM

Hi,

I've exceeding disk space on my laptop since I'm shooting all in RAW now. I've moved my photos onto an external hard drive, but how do I work off LR on my C drive, and tell it to look for the photos on my F drive?

I've looked through the Preferences and can't find a way to tell it the catalog is now on F, not C. I want to run LR from my laptop, but have it look at files on F.

How do I do this? Thanks!!!!

Dana
 
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    Jul 13, 2007 9:57 AM   in reply to (Dana_Nourie)
    If by "catalog" you mean the LR database is on F, just double click the catalog to invoke LR and that catalog will become the active one. Or, if LR is already open, use the file menu to open a different catalog and then point to the one on F.

    If it's the image files that you have moved, then in LR, when you click on a photo that is not found you can then point to it in its new location. Other photos will then be properly linked. I'll let others provide more details on this, since I think all photos in subfolders will be found, but not others (?). You may need to perform a find several times - not really sure.
     
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    Jul 13, 2007 10:38 AM   in reply to (Dana_Nourie)
    "...since I think all photos in subfolders will be found, but not others (?). You may need to perform a find several times - not really sure."

    I've had to do this, and can't really figure out why it should be so convoluted. My personal experience has been that FILE handling (as opposed to image) is really pretty cludgey in LR. I agree with another of others who have posted their desire to see some of the file handling/browsing capabilities from Bridge incorporated in LR.

    I like many of the features in LR but, perhaps due to habit/routine, still find Bridge to be a more efficient workflow for processing large groups of images. Really too bad...I keep wanting to integrate LR more into my work, but have so far found it a bit to cumbersome.
     
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    Jul 13, 2007 10:52 AM   in reply to (Dana_Nourie)
    Dana,

    I think the BIG question is how did you move the photos? If you just moved them using the OS, then you will have to open LR and then point LR to the photos on the external HDD, probably one file at a time. I haven't done this. It is difficult because the system LR is designed to work with Catalogs when moving lots of files rather than just relocating them on a new HDD.

    If you exported the catalog to the HDD, then you can point to the moved catalog at startup. In the Preferences/General, you can tell LR to ask you for the catalog to open.

    Mel
    If none of these work, you need to tell us more about exactly how you got to where you are.
     
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    Sep 17, 2010 1:46 PM   in reply to (Dana_Nourie)

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    Sep 18, 2010 3:49 AM   in reply to lanecito

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    Cheers!

     
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