Are you using LR5.7.1 the latest version?
Yes. I have updated all apps. It did finally copy all files but took 24 hours to do 4gb about 180 pics. Now since my last import I did some camera Auto focus fine tuning could this be it? No problems copying or importing to Aperture, I tried. Took about 5 min to copy into Aperture using RAW files.
Although I agree that this sounds like an outrageously long time to import these photos, please remember that Lightroom isn't just copying the photo to the hard disk, as your operating system is doing. Lightroom also has to create previews of the images, and if you have a very slow computer and these are very large RAW files and you ask for 1:1 previews, this is going to take a lot longer than simply copying the photos using your operating system.
So, while I don't believe it should take 24 hours, it would still be helpful if you could do some trouble-shooting and request minimal previews and import the photos again (into a new catalog) and see how long that takes. Also, please state how fast your CPU is, and what the size of one of the photos is in megapixels (please don't tell me megabytes, that is useless information here)
That sounds like there is a real problem here. Import times that slow are quite abnormal. Good to check all your hardware indeed. Does it do this too with a fresh empty catalog? Do you have enough free space on your drive? Check in the Apple menu->About This Mac->More Info->Storage. Are you running any anti-virus software? Is your computer spinning its fans when it is doing this? Check "activity monitor" (just type it in the search thingy in the menu bar) and set it to "all processes" (view menu). Any process taking up close or over 100% CPU? Have you checked your hard drives for errors using Disk Utility?
Last, do you possibly have Lightroom set to generate 1:1 or smart previews? That might cause it to be working really hard for hours after a very large import. When that happens, Lightroom should show up as >100% CPU in the activity monitor and will likely not prioritize new imports for a while.
Jao vdL wrote:
Last, do you possibly have Lightroom set to generate 1:1 or smart previews? That might cause it to be working really hard for hours after a very large import.
Here's what the OP said, "It did finally copy all files but took 24 hours to do 4gb about 180 pics." Some simple math (24 hrs x 60) ÷ 180 pics = 8.0 Minutes per picture to import and build the 1:1 preview.
4GB ÷ 180 pics = 22.2MB file size should take no longer than 2.0 sec. to write to HDD and perhaps 10-20 seconds to build the 1:1 preview with a slow CPU.
(2.0+20 sec) x 180 pics = 66 minutes Total
Along with CPU spec on your system please provide memory amount (4GB, 8GB), OS you are running and if it is 32 bit or 64 bit.
Let me begin by saying Thank You to all that helped with my problem. After reading all of your comments and taking a step back, to see the forest from the trees, I resolved what was taking up so much time. I reviewed every setting making sure there wasn't anything that I may have missed.
We all know that you haven't lived until you have lost something that is irreplaceable like an important photo. That being said the reason, or at least my current fix is making sure there is enough storage on my secondary copy(backup). I have every import set up to go to one drive that is separate from my back up. Wouldn't you know it by back up drive was full and that was hanging up the import process. Once there was enough storage space my import was like it once was.
Thank you all again,
It's my understanding that when Importing if the destination disk is full you will get a "low on disk space" error message. It may very well be the drive is fragmented, but had sufficient space free space. I'm not a Mac user, but on Windows my suggestion would be to empty the Recycle Bin (Mac Trash) and defragment the drive. It's also a good idea to keep ~10% minimum free space on a hard drive. You'll need that much to run a defrag. SSDs do not have this constraint and do not need to be defragmented. Just an FYI.