3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 10, 2015 4:57 AM by dj_paige

    Full Backup Lightroom


      Hey guys,


      i want to know how it works to backup a lightroom catalogue with all the images? Reason is, that i need more space on my harddisk. I want to backup on 2 other external harddisks.


      I know how to backup a catalogue, but no clue how to deal when i have to copy the raw photos as well. Maybe i have to do 2 steps? Copying the raw files and then the catalogue?




        • 1. Re: Full Backup Lightroom
          dj_paige Level 9

          I don't follow your reasoning ... "need more space" is never a good reason for backups ... backups should be made regularly and automatically whether you need more space or not ...


          So let me ask for a clarification ... do you want to move photos from one disk to another because you need more space? Or do you really want to make backups of everything?

          • 2. Re: Full Backup Lightroom
            elvagabundo65 Level 1

            Hi dj_paige,


            thx for your input.


            First: Yes, i have already backups (the raws). The point is, that i use at the moment my internal ssd drive for the actual catalogue, because of the speed.

            Second: Now i wish to backup all the photos with all the settings, metadates, librarys etc. to 2 external drives. Reason for that is, that LR should be able to open from this new external drives and that i could erase all the data from the internal ssd.



            • 3. Re: Full Backup Lightroom
              dj_paige Level 9

              You seem to be using the word backup in a way that I don't use it. What you are describing is not a backup in my terminology, it is simply moving the photos.


              The best way to move the photos is to use your operating system, copy the photos (the entire hierarchy of photos, unchanged) to the new disk, then in Lightroom use the Update Folder Location method as described here Adobe Lightroom - Find moved or missing files and folders (scroll down to the section entitled "Updating Folder Location"). Once that has been successfully done, you can delete the photos from your original HD.


              This does not make a backup. If you want a second copy of everything on another disk, then this would be a backup, this has to be done via your operating system or third party backup software.