iMac to MBP

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robgendreau Veteran Member • Posts: 7,275
Re: iMac to MBP

Michael49 wrote:

Going from iMac to MBP.

Lightroom question. All of my photos are currently in one catalog, all by year and then subfolders by season - all on external HD. LR catalog on my iMac internal HD. Currently about 1TB of photos over 10 years.

I've decided to go with an external SSD 250gb for photo storage. I want to put only my current years photos on the new SSD. Can I just move the current years photos on to the new SSD and use it with the current catalog? - the current catalog has all of my 1TB worth of photos over 10 years. If I plug in my old external HD with all of my photos will I still be able to use that separately to access old photos? I'd rather just have one catalog if possible to keep things simple.

In terms of storage of my old photos, is backing up to 2 external HD's enough? How reliable are they long term? Would you burn to blue ray for longer term storage?

Yes, but make SURE to move the folders from WITHIN Lr. Otherwise it will lose them and you'll have to reconnect them; not that hard, but annoying. Moving them within Lr means no muss, no fuss. Note that if for some reason Lr won't see the external, then put a folder on the external and import it. Then it will show up for sure and you can delete that folder.

And you may have to reconnect with that external. Usually it only means pointing to the volume and it will find all the included folders. https://www.lightroompresets.com/blogs/pretty-presets-blog/6843644-how-to-fix-missing-or-offline-photos-in-lightroom

Backup? well, if the location where those two backups and your Mac lives goes up in flames then no, two wasn't enough, and wasn't reliable. Off site is better for at least one. Or cloud, although tougher to restore those. Blue ray can last, but will your heirs fiddle with a blue ray player or just chuck your stuff in the bin? hard to say. Rotating hard drives works better for me, or online so that some company there can worry about that.

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