LR4 Moving a Cat and Photos from a PC to use as an Archive from External Drive on Mack

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CarlC
CarlC Contributing Member • Posts: 969
LR4 Moving a Cat and Photos from a PC to use as an Archive from External Drive on Mack

I use LR4 from my Mac laptop for over a year vs. using LR4 from my PC desktop where all my older photos live.    I want to copy/move my LR4 catalog and PC Photo files to an External Drive to be used as an Archive catalog/folders.

So my approach but I do not know if it is correct is;

Simply to copy my LR Catalog and LR Photos from my PC Desktop to the External Drive (exact same names).    Then I simply plan to use from the External Drive with my MBP.  I know how to transfer photos between these two files for future considerations.    I know the format of the external need to be one that my MAC can update.

I did not know if I needed to use LR on the Desktop to actually move the photos to the external drive?

Can anyone confirm or let me know what I need to do?

Thanks in advance.

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Sailor Blue
Sailor Blue Veteran Member • Posts: 9,297
Re: LR4 Moving a Cat and Photos from a PC to use as an Archive from External Drive on Mack

Do NOT move your image files with the OS software.  If you use the OS software to move the folders then Lightroom won't know where the new location of your folders and images is.  You should move the folders within Lightroom so that Lightroom will keep track of where they are.

Watch this video tutorial on how to move folders within Lightroom.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-lightroom-4/import-moving-folders-around-after-the-fact/

Once you get your folders of images moved onto the external hard drive then use the OS software to move the Lightroom catalog onto the same hard drive.  Now the next time you start up Lightroom you will have to tell Lightroom where the catalog is but that is all that is necessary.  From then on Lightroom will know where the catalog is located and start up without a hitch.

I suggest you set Lightroom to make a catalog backup on a different hard drive than the one where the Master Catalog is stored.  I do this every time I import new images or do any post processing.  The older backups are not automatically deleted so I finish by going in and deleting all but the latest two backups.

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CarlC
CarlC OP Contributing Member • Posts: 969
Re: LR4 Moving a Cat and Photos from a PC to use as an Archive from External Drive on Mack

Perfect.. Thank you... I should have known that.

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