9 Replies Latest reply on Feb 13, 2016 11:39 AM by Per Berntsen

    Using Files located on Hard Drive

    aleli

      Hi, I am new in Lightroom, just downloaded the software, but I had my catalog already saved on an external hard drive because I just changed computers.

      I have the lightroom app with the new Lightroom folder on my internal hard drive, but with no photos. All of them are on the external hard drive, where I have two folders, 1. Lightroom 5 Catalog and 2. LightoomMasters folder.

      What do I need to do in order to start using lightroom using my pictures on the External Harddrive?

      Do I need to import everything to my local drive and then move it again to the external drive?

       

      Please need help to set it up correctly.

      Thank you!

        • 1. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
          Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

          To get images into Lightroom, you have to import them.

          You can import them directly from the external drive, but to to be able to work on them, the drive has to be connected.

          To start working, either go to File > Open, and navigate to the catalog file, or double click the catalog file to launch Lightroom.

          Then click Import, and import your files using the Add option at the top of the import screen.

          You may find this article useful: Lightroom basics

          • 2. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
            aleli Level 1

            Thank you for your response. Once I import them, it will take space of my internal hard drive, correct? If so, Can I move them to the external drive again so I can free up memory on my computer? or what would you do?

            Thanks again.

            • 3. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
              JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Importing the images from the external hard drive does not put them on your internal hard drive. The import process is simply one of showing my room where the images are located. There is a previews folder on your internal hard drive that works together with your catalog. But the images themselves will remain on the external hard drive. You can choose to put your catalog on the external hard drive as well.

              • 4. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
                Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

                Imported images are not "in" Lightroom, they remain in their original location, and are only referenced by the catalog.

                Lightroom will create previews, that will take up quite a lot of space.

                But in your case they will also be on the external disk, in the same folder as the catalog.

                I suggest you read the article I linked to - it could save you some frustration ...

                • 5. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
                  JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Yes, if your images and your catalog are both on the external hard drive then all of your photo work will remain on that external hard drive. Lightroom does not consume copies of your images. It merely points to them at their folder location.

                  • 6. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
                    aleli Level 1

                    So. The catalog that I use to have on the external hard drive (two files, 1. Lightroom5catalogpreviews.lrdata file and 2. Lightroom5catalog.lrcat file) can I delete those files and use the newly ones created on my internal HD after I import the photos from my external HD?

                    Sorry for so many questions. Just wanted to get this right.

                    Thanks to all for your invaluable help.

                     

                    Alexis

                    • 7. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
                      Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

                      You don't need to create a catalog on your internal drive.

                      Just double-click the .lrcat file on the external drive to get started.

                      Since you already have a catalog file, it might contain some previous work?

                      • 8. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
                        aleli Level 1

                        I really never used or work with that catalog. I really want to start working with a clean catalog and start organizing all of my photos. What would be the best way to do so?

                        Thanks again,

                        • 9. Re: Using Files located on Hard Drive
                          Per Berntsen Adobe Community Professional

                          In that case, double-click the old catalog to launch Ligtroom.

                          Then go to File > New Catalog, which will let you create a new catalog in the location of your choice, like somewhere on your external disk.

                          Give it a unique name, one that you will remember.

                          Using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder you can now delete the folder containing the old catalog.