Reading a "NAS" posting on forum for May 20th: it was suggested to put the catalog on internal harddrive and then put the photos on NAS drive = could use the NAS drive for photo imports just not use the NAS for catalogs....is this correct??
Since I cannot use the internal laptop drive for nothing at moment as it is too full (hopefully to correct this problem by getting iPhoto + Aperture photos next OFF the internal hard drive when import them into Lightroom = giving our laptop breathing room again!) = necessitates putting catalog on external harddrive as well, just not a NAS?? I read that these catalogs can get pretty big at times so thinking its best to not put catalog on internal harddrive even after get iPhoto + Aperture photos OFF of internal harddrive onto external drive for Lightroom???
Putting catalog on external hardwire though means will need at least 2 harddrives for this as need another harddrive to backup the catalog!! So looks like buying 2 external harddrives still necessary?
Lightroom's "ünreasonably simple"goal does not seem so simple at the moment:(
Did the moderator just say my reply to my own question was the correct answer??
So....I must get 2 more hard drives for our Lr catalogs (1 for catalog + 1 for catalog backup) even though I have a 16TB Drobo NAS sitting here + a Western Digital NAS???
I am trying to swallow that.
You cannot put a catalog file on a network drive. It must go on a local drive (could be an external drive or internal drive).
Photos can go on network drives.
So, it sounds to me like your existing drives will work.