Thanks dj. I think i have a pretty good handle on that, and I have done it on a smaller scale before. But I am wondering if there is a faster method than folder by folder. I am a freelance photographer with 1000's of photos in hundreds of folders. I also have about 7 different LR catalogs (for different specialties) and I'm not excited at the thought of having to go folder by folder to do this.
so, is there a faster option, or am I going to have to put on a pot of coffee and some music?
As shown in Figure 4, you move an entire hierarchy and then reconnect the top level folder.
Ah, gotcha. That should save a bunch of time.
This is helpful thanks! I wish I read it before seeing google's number 1 result: Julieanne's blog post (no date!?) with video saying to use Lightroom to move folders is the best way...and yes maybe for a single wimpy folder it is, but I have 2.5 TB of images across 3 drives I am finally consolidating, luckily I started with my smallest drive, but it is epically slow. Thanks for the tips!
DJ - since I have so much data, I did a test to see how to move a few folders in the OS (im Win7) then "Update Folder Location". When I did this LR asked "The selected folder or one of its subfolders is already in lightroom, Do you want to combine these folders?" What is this actually asking, and what happens exactly if I choose "Merge" I tried it and wasn't sure what happened, so I undid it. I don't want multiple copies of the same file, I know I am supposed to then "Remove" (not delete from HD) after I make sure the new files are connected, but I don't understand the Merge.
At this point, I do not know the answer.
I believe that you should click to merge the folders, but I really am not sure.
If you had previously reconnected some of these photos into Lightroom, that could be the problem, but again, I do not know what the proper course of action is.
I will think about this.
Okay, you can try an experiment and see what happens ... try this experiment on a new catalog, with photos that you don't care about and it won't matter if things get screwed up.
Take 30 or so pictures of the stuff in your refrigerator, split them into 3 folders, then import these three folders into a new Lightroom catalog. Then move the folders using your operating system to a new drive. Now, reconnect one folder individually (similar to what you reported that you did on your real photos). Then try reconnecting the top level folder, see if you get the same message. If so, select merge, and see if the desired results happen and everything in this new catalog is working as it should.
Report the results.