2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 28, 2015 10:11 AM by JimHess

    Is it possible to use Lightroom/Photoshop directly from a external hard drive?

    wyndon wauter

      As a beginner at Lightroom and Photoshop and still having a large amount of old photos I want to work with, can I leave them on the external hard drive or do I have to import them to work on them?  My constraint of course is space. Thanks, Wyndon

        • 1. Re: Is it possible to use Lightroom/Photoshop directly from a external hard drive?
          dj_paige Level 9

          Lightroom requires you to Import photos before you can do anything with them in Lightroom.

           

          You can use the Add option when you import, which will import the photos but leave them in whatever location they are stored in.

           

          For new photos, you can also instruct Lightroom to copy them from the camera card to your external HD.

          • 2. Re: Is it possible to use Lightroom/Photoshop directly from a external hard drive?
            JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Your photos can reside on any hard drive or even a network drive that is connected to your computer. The import process doesn't put the image "in" Lightroom, but rather simply creates a pointer in the database so that Lightroom can keep track the adjustments and changes that you make. Lightroom will create a preview image, and you can control the size of those previews making them smaller if space on your hard drive is limited. You can even move the folder containing your catalog to the external hard drive if you want. This would minimize the amount of space taken by the Lightroom program. The catalog can reside on any hard drive connected to your computer, but cannot be on a network drive.