Re-designating existing external hard drives and still have LightRoom 6 able to find the existing photos.
I presently am storing my photos on and external hard drive. Lightroom 6 was not able to find the photo files momentarily. I had inserted a USB stick after removing this external hard drive and computer renamed the stick with the same drive letter that was designated by Lightroom for the storage of my photos. I was able to go into my Windows 10 and reset the drive to the letter that Lightroom gave the external hard drive initially. However, as I am aware, this may happen again, if I connect any USD stick or other device while the external hard drive is not connected to my laptop. I have found information that says I can make the new drive designation final by choosing a letter that is 1/2 way or greater in the alphabet. I would like to redesignate the external hard drive to a high letter, to hopefully prevent this previous problem. My question is, if I already have many photos on this external hardrive with the current drive designation, how do I redesignate it to a higher letter and have Lightroom 6 recognized the files, now under the new drive letter designation without having to go to each photo individually and manually force Lightroom 6 to find each photo again. This would take more time than I want to waste. Is there a way to just get Lightroom 6 to recognize the changed new drive designation and is able to find all the existing files again?
I have read the ADOBE LightRoom 6 Manual and do not seem to be able to find anything on how to do this.
Any help would be most welcome.
So in Windows, you can select a drive letter like Q: (or any other letter you'd like near the end of the alphabet)
Then, in Lightroom, you can reconnect to the photos on Q: following these instructions (see specifically Figure 4 and related text)
To Change a Drive Letter- (in Windows)
Connect the drive with images-
Go: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management
Right-Click on the Disk to change > Change Drive Letter and path
Give the Disk a Letter name like 'P' for Photographs or 'Q' for example!
Follow advice from dj_paige above to update the folder location.