Lr Catalog Giles size/workflow?

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Joe94 Regular Member • Posts: 279
Lr Catalog Giles size/workflow?

Hi all,

Is the Lr catalog files the same size as the raw files associated, i.e if I have 1tb of images the catalog would be 1tb... OR am I Right in saying that the catalog file is actually a lot smaller than the actual images?

I ask because it suddenly accured to me, that I hope what I’m thinking is true, as I have a set up where my OS, programs (like Lr) & the Lr Catalog & preview files are stored on my iMacs internal 512gb internal ssd... but I am putting my actual RAW images files onto a larger external SSD drive straight from the SD card, as iv always been a believer that the internal drive should be left purely for running things. I then also use a couple of protable usb HDD drives to create a backup of the raw files/completed jpgs & the catalog/preview files.

This workflow seem to work, hopefully I have gone down the right route

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