8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 4, 2017 11:24 PM by graceh60015488

    Questions about using an external hard drive to connect Lightroom between a desktop and a laptop computer.

    graceh60015488

      Hi everyone,

       

      I have already looked at quite a few similar questions asked in this forum, and they were helpful to an extent but didn't address my specific query.

       

      I have been using Lightroom (CC) on a desktop Mac for about a year, and have been loving it so far. A couple of days ago I got a laptop, also an Apple, for university. I would like to be able to use Lightroom on both computers, and after some research I decided I would like to use an external hard drive to do this. My understanding of this technique is that you need to keep the photos and Lightroom catalogue on the external hard drive, and plug it in to the computer that you want to use.

       

      My query is this: I would like to keep a copy of my Lightroom catalogue and photos on my desktop computer too, so that I have another copy of it. Do I need to make a copy of the photos and catalogue onto the desktop computer, and then remove it from Lightroom to enable me to use the Lightroom photos and catalogue on the external hard drive in the desktop Lightroom? In other words, will it cause problems if I use the external hard drive copy of the photos and catalogue in the desktop Lightroom, if the original copy of the photos and catalogue are still there (in Lightroom)? If so, I'm not sure how to remove the original photos and catalogue from the desktop Lightroom.

       

      Also, I understand how to copy the photos and catalogue onto the external hard drive and open them in my laptop Lightroom, but I'm not quite sure what I do after that (in terms of keeping the desktop and the laptop synchronised). When I have edited some of my photos on my laptop and want to continue where I left off on the desktop, do I just copy the updated catalogue onto the external hard drive and then copy that onto the desktop Lightroom? If so, how exactly do I do this?

       

      I'm sorry if my questions are a bit long and detailed, I just really want to make sure I do this properly.

      I would really appreciate it if anyone could help.

      Thanks in advance.