Use Finder to move your entire collection to the new EHD. Hopefully, you have all of your images in folders within one master folder. After you have moved those images start Lightroom. Lightroom will tell you that the images are missing. Right click on the topmost folder and choose to update the folder location. Then all you have to do is point Lightroom to your collection on the new EHD.
Can be done within Lightroom, but some recommend this method-
1. Close Lightroom,
2. COPY the MASTER FOLDER containing all your sub-folders with images to the new Ext HD using Finder/Explorer or copy software, (by using "copy", you can compare files to check there is no corruption of files in the copy process.)
3. Open Lightroom.
4. In the LR Folder panel- Right-click your MASTER FOLDER and select "Update Folder Location"
5. In the Finder/Explorer window that opens- choose the new Ext HD location. LR will now reference your images here.
6. When all is working well from the new Ext HD you can delete the Master Folder of images from the internal drive.
7. Have a second Ext HD to make a 'Clone' of the new Ext HD as backup.
Read the chapter in this link- "Updating Folder Location"
Congrats Jim- you just posted first!
Thank you all for your prompt response. It looks simple; however, I have a couple of questions:
Usually when I open LR it shows FOLDERS, below it shows all HDs, and of course there's the Master Folder. So, if this is where I'm a bit confused. If LR will show the original MASTER FOLDER (showing at the original location), so how I can RT click and select to "Update Folder Locations", since LR still shows the original location of the MASTER FOLDER
I'm very cautious, since I can't afford any type of SNAFOO. BTW, I only use External HD Thanks
That's why I emphasize that you need to move the images to the new hard drive. If you want to just copy them, then you will have to rename the master folder on the old hard drive so that Lightroom doesn't recognize that folder name.
Yes Jim and I are suggesting two slightly different methods-
Jim is hiding the original master folder by 'moving' it, then using LR to "Locate" it again in the new location.
My method 'copies' the master folder, then "Updates its location" in the LT catalog to the new location.
With my 'copy' method, when you Right-Click the original location of the Master folder and "Update its location", you will get a Finder/explorer window that you select the NEW location which LR will now always see as the location for your images.
Re-read my steps 4) and 5) in the post above.
Well it seems in previous versions that it was necessary to either rename the folder or moved the folder before you should update the folder location. I have just discovered that it is possible to update the folder location even if the folder isn't missing. But I'm recommending same method to "update folder location" to direct Lightroom to the images on the new EHD.
I see that you have your answer; however, my question is Why? LR is perfectly capable of handling several EHDs in one catalog, so why not simply start putting new images on a new EHD and keep the old images on the original EHD? If you seldom access the older images, you do not need to keep that EHD plugged in. If you do have a need to access, simply plug in that EHD. LR will pick up without skipping a beat.
Yes, now it makes more sense. I was thinking in a worst case scenario if by any chance I can't do this. I guess I could always create a new Catalog and use the Folders from my Backup copy. I think I'm going to try your workflow simply because I think LR would be able to recognize the move a lot easier. Again, that's my humbled opinion. You both have more experience than I do.
No, I don't think creating a new catalogue would not work for me since I tend to view my entire catalogue since I'm always doing some project.
I really appreciate the responses I got from you both. I'll let you know how it turned out. Now I need to shop for a HD.
No one (not Jim and not Joe) has suggested creating a new catalog. The suggestion was to start using a new (2nd) hard drive, not a new catalog.
Oh I didn't see that I figured that out on my own, but nevertheless, I now have 2 options thanks to both of you.
When moving a large number of folders I highly recommend using 'Copy' as wobertc has suggested. More information on why and checks you can perform to insure data integrity here:
It makes good sense to simply move ALL the folders in LR to the new external drive, just make sure to purchase a drive with sufficient capacity for new pictures (at least 2x current drive capacity). Why? Drives have a finite life and drop in price every year. Purchasing a new external drive every few years takes care of growth and provides added reliability. Make sure you also backup all your media and document files to a 3rd external drive before copying the files over to the new drive. That way if something goes wrong during the copying process (power failure, etc.) you can recover any corrupted or lost files. The checks for Size On Disk, File Count, and Folder Count outlined at the above link provide a good indication of successful file transfer and integrity on the new drive.