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    Adobecs
    Adobecs  8114 forum posts England
    22 Jan 2012 - 9:25 AM

    Hi Everyone,
    I have searched the forums for how to do this, but still not sure of the best way. At the moment i am running an IMac 500gb which backs up hourly to an external hard disc via time machine. As my hard disc is only 50gb away from full, it is now time to move my photos from my IMac to an external hard drive/drives and clear my machine down and start again.
    I use Lightroom as my only photo catalogue sorftware, so how do I do this. I back up my catalogue regular in LR but, but this only stores the info on how the images have been changed and arranged.

    If I want to move everything in LR and start again, do I just copy the LR folder where all of the images and catalogue back ups are stored onto the new hard drives, then delete everything from LR and clear my mac hard disc.
    Alternatively should I use the export function in LR and just export all images in there original format, which I feel will not carry the changes that have been made to the catalogues.

    I have searched around and everything seems to be aimed at backing up your image data on a mother machine only.

    I hope this makes sense, I would appreciate you help and advice.

    Thanks for any help,
    Pat.

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    jarendell
    jarendell  795 forum posts Spain2 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jan 2012 - 11:04 AM

    Hi, do a search for the website "lightroom killer tips" as the presenter MAtt Klowskowski made a video on exactly the same thing only last week.

    Hope this helps

    James

    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96308 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jan 2012 - 11:23 AM


    Quote: then delete everything from LR

    Definitely not, you will then have to re-import them all again and generate the 1:1 previews again.

    James's suggestion is spot on, Matt's latest blog ( as of Sunday morning ) explains the process.

    One additional suggestion, which I do, is to also have the Lightroom Catalogue on the same drive as my images.

    thewilliam
    22 Jan 2012 - 12:12 PM

    Might it be better to fit an additional HDD to your computer? They're generally cheaper than external drives of equivalent quality. You can move the LR catalogue to anywhere you want on a PC - is this possible with Mac?

    Every so often, I do delete the LR info because we use it for production. Once we've made the printing TIFFs, the LR versions are no longer needed.

    Adobecs
    Adobecs  8114 forum posts England
    22 Jan 2012 - 1:11 PM

    Hi all,
    Just got back in, thanks for your help. I will look for the video this minute.
    Again thanks for you assistance.
    Pat.

    mikehit
    mikehit  56483 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jan 2012 - 1:14 PM

    You need to consider two things: where the catalogue is held and where the photos are held. They are different. The catalogue stays on the C drive (I am not sure if you can put it on a second hard drive as William says but it may be the case).

    I run mine on PC and I believe you can do one of two things:

    (1)) attach an external hard drive. Open LR and select all photos then click-and-drag them to the new hard drive, To do this you have to click and hold in the centre of one of the photos in loupe view - if you did as I did and randomly click anywhere else it will not work

    (2) move the photos to the hard drive using the explorer function. When you fire up LR again, it will show the catalogue thumbnails (which remains on the C drive) but they will be faint showing along with a message 'not found' (or similar) and a questions mark at top right on the filmstrip below. You will then have a choice of finding them manually or finding them automatically - in my experience once you have found one of the photos it will look for all the others in the same directory and will be solved quite quickly.

    Last Modified By mikehit at 22 Jan 2012 - 1:19 PM
    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96308 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jan 2012 - 4:06 PM


    Quote: You can move the LR catalogue to anywhere you want on a PC - is this possible with Mac?

    Yes, it is.

    User_Removed
    22 Jan 2012 - 4:27 PM

    Pat,

    Just a wee suggestion - leave your existing image files where they are and open a new external HDD for future subsequent images. That way, you don't have to risk confusing Lightroom - simply "copy" future downloads from your memory card on to the new drive location when importing them into Lightroom. The LR catalogue is perfectly able to cope with files being in a variety of locations.

    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96308 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jan 2012 - 4:32 PM


    Quote: That way, you don't have to risk confusing Lightroom

    Just confuse yourself instead Sad


    Personally. I believe it is preferable to have all your images in one place ( plus back-ups of course ) ..... then at least you know where they are.

    User_Removed
    22 Jan 2012 - 8:33 PM


    Quote:
    Personally. I believe it is preferable to have all your images in one place ( plus back-ups of course ) ..... then at least you know where they are.

    ..but the whole point about Lightroom is that it knows where they all are - and is much less likely to forget.

    Your point about back-ups is, of course, entirely valid - and it is good practice to automatically have your LR catalogue backups saved to the back-up drive rather than the default C:. That way, if C: does fail, both your image files and your LR catalogue are safe.


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    all your images in one place

    I think the OP's initial point was that "one place" was no longer big enough. Otherwise, I would agree with you. I don't have any image files on C: - they are all on a 2TB drive H: which automatically backs up to another 2Tb drive J: - but when (if) I need more than 2Tb, I will have to think about more than one location.

    .

    Last Modified By User_Removed at 22 Jan 2012 - 8:36 PM
    Just Jas
    Just Jas  1225752 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jan 2012 - 1:06 AM


    Quote: A place for everything, and everything in it's place.

    The problem is: "Where is that place?"

    annettep38
    annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Jan 2012 - 11:23 PM

    From one Mac user to another:
    I got one catalogue that only contains the photos that are IN my mac- that is my old main HD which has a pic=xies partition for all photos that I care about and those that are less than 2 years old. Everything else and job photos live on 2 external HDs which contain the same stuff.
    So there is the main catalogue which contains everything and the one which only has the actual stuff. If Something has to be removed from the computer it goes to the external drives and from then on only lives in the BIG catalogue.
    I move it all in finder and sync the catalogues later!.

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