Backing up my lightroom 4.2 to allow me to reformat my laptop

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stevearama
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Backing up my lightroom 4.2 to allow me to reformat my laptop
Oct 20, 2012

Hi.

Like all manly men, I'm terribly disorganised.  But like few manly men, I'm trying to improve.  My photos cataloguing system is a disaster and I wanted to just back everything up and redo it.

I use lightroom, and so I wanted to check my understanding.  I had planned to (a) backup all of my photos onto my external HDD and (b) backup my lightroom catalogues onto that same external hdd and (c) backup all my presets.

I'll then format my laptop HDD... and then re-install lightroom.

is that all i need to do? .. like, i'll have the catalogue, but the location of my pictures will change... that won't matter will it?. any other tips would be wonderful.

I post here because I read this forum most. Possibly there is a DP forum for software, so sorry if this is off top.

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