4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2017 6:57 PM by JimHess

    Best workflow to save storage




      I am starting to use Lightroom CC and I would like to save as much storage in my computer as possible, as I have around 200gb of raw photos already. I am assuming that, in order to achieve this, I will need a external hard drive, I am wondering if:


      Should I leave the raw photos in my external hard drive? Should I put the catalogue in a external hard drive? its possible to have the catalog and the raw photos in the same drive. How should I import the photos into Lightroom (Copy as DNG / Copy / Move / Add).


      Can you please provide some guidance in the process that you would recommend? I would appreciate as well if you can point any pros and cons of doing one or another way. I would like to know as well how are doing it.


      Many thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Best workflow to save storage
          JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          As a general rule, you want to keep your catalog on the fastest hard drive on your computer. If this is your main hard drive then that is where the catalog should be. The catalog is the file that Lightroom opens and  manipulates. So to get the best performance the catalog needs to be on your fastest drive. Your images can be on a separate internal hard drive or on  an external hard drive. I have two extra internal hard drives and two extra external hard drives. I have my images on the two internal hard drives and use my external hard drives for catalog and image backups. You want to make sure that your backup files are on a separate drive because when your hard drive crashes someday a backup on the same drive that crashes isn't going to do you much good.

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          • 2. Re: Best workflow to save storage
            fer.saintmary Level 1

            Thank you very much for your response JimHess. It is very clarifying for me. Just one little detail. If I keep my catalog in the laptop and the images in the external hard drive, how would you recommend to import them (Copy as DNG / Copy / Move / Add)? Its probably something super obvious but I don't have a clue as I'm just starting to use LR.


            Thanks again for your support.

            • 3. Re: Best workflow to save storage
              ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

              Which import type to use depends on how you want to get the images onto your hard drive.


              Copy - LR will copy the images from your card to your hard drive, then do the import into the catalog

              move - LR will move the images (normally already on the hard drive) to a new location then import them into the catalog.

              Add - LR will leave the images where they are and just add them to the catalog. Good if you already put the images on the hard drive in folders where you want them.

              Copy as DNG - LR copies the images to the hard drive from the card, converts them to DNG, imports the DNG files into the catalog.

              • 4. Re: Best workflow to save storage
                JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                I have made the personal choice not to work with DNG files. There is nothing wrong with DNG. I have just found that with my Nikon camera there isn't that much space savings. I only see a size reduction of about 15% whereas the Fuji raw files I have converted seem to compress by 50% or more. I use Lightroom to import new files directly from the SD card from my camera. I use a card reader. I import images using the Copy option which copies the images to a folder of my choice.