I'm going to be wiping my Macbook Pro soon and want to have everything backed up on my external HD so that I can reload it. I have everything else done except my Lightroom files. I would like to make sure that I am doing it correctly and thoroughly, and that I can still access everything once I put LR back on.
Here are the files that I have:
- Folders with DNG files (I always make a copy as DNG, as I read somewhere to do this, but I'm not sure why...)
- Folder titled LightroomMasters that has photos in it from before I used LR, I think from iPhoto
- Folder titled Lightroom --> Lightroom Catalog Previews, Lightroom Catalog Smart Previews, and Lightroom Catalog
--> Backups (there are many of these and I'm not sure if I really need to keep all of the old ones)
I would also like to know if I need to put everything back on my laptop, or if I can just leave some of it on my external to save space.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Wiping your hard disk is essentially the same as moving everything to a new computer, the steps for which are explained in detail here: