Moving LR cat and smart previews to a new laptop

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Kylon Regular Member • Posts: 155
Moving LR cat and smart previews to a new laptop

Greetings forum members,

I bought a new laptop (thanks to the great advice provided by forum members!) and I am stuck. I want to transfer my LR catalog and smart previews to my new laptop. After reviewing many videos online, I am not sure which files to transfer over as it seems I have a series of extra folders.

Which of these do I need to transfer to my new laptop to keep my LR catalog and smart previews? The name of my LR catalog is Lightroom Catalog 2-2.

Thanking everyone in advance!

johnnyandedgar Contributing Member • Posts: 514
Re: Moving LR cat and smart previews to a new laptop
CameraCarl Veteran Member • Posts: 7,388
Re: Moving LR cat and smart previews to a new laptop

Or this:

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/how-move-lightroom-to-new-computer/

It is pretty simple; just follow the instructions carefully.

OP Kylon Regular Member • Posts: 155
Re: Moving LR cat and smart previews to a new laptop

Thanks for all the replies. I can happily report that I have properly connected my LR pictures and catalog to my new laptop and all seems to be working.

Following the advice from the first link that was posted, I discarded my old smart previews and am only building them selectively as needed. I certainly do not need all my 40,000 raw files to have smart previews made. The only thing I need to do is transfer my LR presets over, but I can do that this week.

Thanks again all!

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