It isn't clear to me what it is that you are trying to do. Are you trying to export or import? The only time that I know of that Lightroom displays grayed out images is when you attempt to import images that are already in the catalog.
Yes, to clarify, I am trying to import images from my hard drive to my external drive.
So my issue now is the physical location of the image file. I still want the image file to be on my external hard drive but can't see it there or move it there.
Thanks for your advice.
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I don't believe you are looking at this correctly. You can only import images to Lightroom once. The reason the images are grayed out when you try to import them again is because they are already in the catalog. If what you are trying to do is move the images to the external hard drive consider doing it another way. My preferred method is to NOT use Lightroom to move images. I would recommend that you close Lightroom. Then use either Finder or File Explorer (depending on your operating system) and move folders of images to your external hard drive. Next, start Lightroom and locate those folders that you have moved in their old location. Of course, they are going to be listed as "missing". So you will simply right-click on the "missing" folder and choose the option to update the folder location. In the dialog that appears, point Lightroom to the folder in its new location on the external hard drive. That will get things all synchronized again and you're done. If you do this with a folder that has a lot of subfolders within it, you'll only have to do it to the one master folder and everything underneath will be synchronized in one step.
Thanks - I'll try this tonight. Appreciate the help.