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120 Points

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:51 PM

Lightroom 5: Will not open on a new External Hard Drive (EHD).

My Lightroom 5 will not open on a new External Hard Drive (EHD). I have thousands of photos on an old EHD with all photos in different folders named according to place and date. Each of these folders has its own Lightroom catalogue (the idea was to be able to take the photos in one folder with its own catalogue on a USB stick and work on my Mac without having to carry the EHD everywhere). As my old EHD is now full, I bought a much larger EHD (to serve me for many years to come) and copied all my photos in their own folders with each folder having its own catalogues into the new larger EHD. But Lightroom 5 will not open when I click on any Lightroom catalogue on the new larger EHD. It says it will not work with an external HD (even though it works with the old one) or it says it does not work with a network drive or it does not work with an ethernet connection (the new larger EHD has ethernet connections). Can some kind soul help me to get Lightroom 5 to open with each of the catalogues on my new larger EHD. The Ethernet connection can be converted to a USB with an adapter if needed, but having done that Lightroom 5 still does not work on the new EHD. So please HEEELP!

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1.1K Messages

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18.2K Points

2 y ago

What version of macOS? If you have Catalina, you can't use Lightroom 5 at all.

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4K Points

2 y ago

Is this a networked drive? Catalogs can't reside on networked drives (or rather they can't be opened).

@David, I believe that  LR 5 can be used on Catalina, but it can't be reinstalled.
As a side note, if your main computer is a laptop, a more efficient way to be able to work on your photos without the EHD with you is to store the (one) catalog on your internal drive and build smart previews for the photos.

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120 Points

2 y ago

Hi thanks for replying

I am using Sierra 10.12.6 on a laptop. My old drive was 4TB Seagate USB drive. That had all the catalogues and LR worked fine with all catalogues.

The new EHD is a Synology NAS with 40TB space. (Should last me a few years!!). If I have a LR catalogue in my laptop's Library file, LR will see the NAS, its file & will import photos into LR. But all my old Catalogues are in folders next to each set of photos (a set contains photos of that shoot with its individual catalogue). LR will not open any catalogues from the NAS.

I read yesterday LR will not read the NAS catalogues because the data transfer speeds on an ethernet cable are slow (NAS has ethernet) and LR recognises ethernet connections. But the fact is my ethernet transfer speeds are faster than the Seagagte drive's USB 3 speeds.

Also I have used an adapter that converts ethernet connection to USB3 connection and my laptop sees the NAS as a USB device. But LR still refuses to open the catalogues on the NAS.

The plan was to have everything safely RAID duplicated on a NAS and be able to access the NAS and work from anywhere (either when directly connected to the NAS at my offices, or from abroad via internet). Is there any way I can get LR to open the catalogues on the Synology NAS?

I am not too keen to store all my LR catalogues on my laptop; obvious dangers of theft, crashes, breakdowns, etc. and having to store all the catalogues will presumably take lots of space. Plus if I have to regularly back up my LR catalogues on yet another drive, it defeats trying to make life simpler/ easier.

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18.2K Points

2 y ago

You cannot store catalogs on the NAS. They must be on a locally connected hard drive. I've seen a lot of people have problems with Synology boxes, FWIW. Have you talked to their support?

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120 Points

2 y ago


Not talked to Synology support yet about this.

At present I have spent 1 month trying to get Synology support to give me the DSM page (i.e. full access to all admin, configuration & control panels) when directly connected to the NAS without a router!! Have to solve this 1st, before I give them more problems.

I thought the problem would be with the set-up in LR & I could get a LR expert to help me --- hopefully by getting LR to see the NAS as a usb device (hence the adapter) rather than an ethernet device.

The catalogues are already on the NAS ---- I just can't open them on the NAS with LR. (Copies of the same catalogues on the seagate USB drive can be opened by LR).




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3K Points

2 y ago

What types of external ports does your EHD have? Or let us know which Synology model you have (so we can look up the specs). Does it have a USB port - if yes, have you tried connecting it directly to that port instead of using an Ethernet to USB adapter?..

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304 Points

2 y ago

I have my photos stored on a NAS and the catalogue on the Laptop with a sync to Dropbox. This may help.