2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 25, 2014 9:41 PM by ManiacJoe

    How do I move SOME files to a new drive?


      I have filled up one of my external hard drives and would like to transfer some of the images to a new hard drive. How do I move some images to the new drive both physically and in Lightroom so that I do not lose all of the Lightroom settings and adjustments? All of my images are in a single catalogue, and I would like to keep it that way, so I can't simply move the catalogue.

        • 1. Re: How do I move SOME files to a new drive?
          dj_paige Level 10

          Move the files using your operating system, then in Lightroom reconnect using these instructions: Adobe Lightroom - Find moved or missing files and folders

          • 2. Re: How do I move SOME files to a new drive?
            ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

            You have two options:

            (1) move the files outside of Lightroom, then fix up the paths inside Lightroom

            (2) move the files inside of Lightroom where Lightroom automatically updates the database with the new locations.


            #2 is the easiest if moving one directory at a time:

            In the Library module, in the Folders tab on the left, click the "+" and choose "add folder...".

            Navigate to the new drive, create a new folder if needed.

            Select a bunch of files in the Library grid view, drag and drop them to the new folder in the Folders tab.


            If you want to replicate a tree of directories, you might be better off doing the external move (#1), then in the Library module find the old root directory that got moved in the Folders tab, right-click to "find missing folder", navigate to the new location of that directory on the new drive. Lightroom will fix up all the files and directories under the fixed directory.