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800 Points

Tue, Jul 29, 2014 8:08 PM

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Lightroom: Allow Mobile Downloads.lrdata to be moved to another location

Please provide the ability to save "Mobile Downloads.lrdata" file to another location. On a Mac, it is always saved in the boot drive regardless of where the catalog file is moved to.

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264 Points

6 years ago

This is a big problem for me, compounded by the fact that there's no feature within Lightroom to organize folders after "import." I store my photos on a NAS, but my Lr catalog is on my boot drive. I LOVE Lr Mobile and use it to Auto Import pics from my iPhone into Lr. Brilliant! Except that they go straight to my boot drive in the same folder as the Lr catalog, not to my NAS photo folder. I'm manually organizing them with drag/drop within Lr - uggh!

I could perhaps live with the fixed location if Lr had a feature to re-organize photos based on metadata or other criteria - like when doing an import from outside Lr.

Please, Adobe! Give us the option to decide where our Auto Import photos are stored!

Thanks

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384 Points

6 years ago

All of my catalog and photo files are on a dedicated disk, for ease of backup, and for synchronization across different machines.

It would be very helpful to locate "Mobile Downloads.lrdata" on that disk too, so that its contents will be included in backups and in synchronization with other systems.

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76.3K Points

6 years ago

Try a link:

1. Move existing folder to preferred location.
2. in Windows command shell, execute

mklink /j "{current-location}" "{preferred-location}"

(on Mac, it's the ln command, executed in 'Terminal' window)

Rob

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384 Points

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384 Points

6 years ago

OK. Here is an Evernote document that describes how to relocate "Mobile Downloads.lrdata" on a Windows 7 system.

http://www.evernote.com/l/AAl-28xG_cR...

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384 Points

The link above has been updated to

http://www.evernote.com/l/AAl-28xG_cR...

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76.3K Points

6 years ago

Thanks Dan, for elaborating the procedure in Windows.

Now we just need somebody to do the same for Mac ;-}.

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232 Points

6 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom mobile: Problem with filling up startup-drive disk with iPad and iPhone....

The fantastic thing with Lightroom is that your picture-files gets organized in the folder structure that you choose and can be stores on multiple drives. One of the best thing with Lightroom mobile was possibility to to also easily import pictures from these devices.

Problem is that the pictures imported from mobile app from the mobile devices is automatically stored inside a file named 'Mobile Downloads.irdata' that is not a folder. Biggest problem is that you can't tell Lightroom to store these pictures on a different drive then startup drive. I don't want Lightroom to fill up my small and quick SSD startup drive. I also want to make LR to keep catalog and all originals on the same drive so I can easily bring it along and use it on a different computer running LR. This must clearly be something to fix in next version of LR.

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30 Points

6 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Changing Mobile Downloads Folder in Lightroom - Feature request.

Dear Adobe-Team,
it would be great, if Lightroom (PC) would allow to change the folder of the mobile downloads, as they are currently only stored on the system drive, which is seldom used for image data and usually lacks available space. I have not yet found a way to change the folder other than to copy the images manually to another drive.

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384 Points

Here is an Evernote document that describes how to relocate "Mobile Downloads.lrdata" on a Windows 7 system.

http://www.evernote.com/l/AAl-28xG_cR...

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88 Points

6 years ago

Hi,
I think that all "hot" fixes, like redirect and virtual paths, will be a problem at some point, due to an upgrade or whatever.

If you are using a removable drive to run lightroom on different computers, the best solution would be to have the posibillity to store everything at the same place as the catalog. Adobe should investigate this, the path for catalogs and photos are handled this way, why not handle the syncronized photos the same way.

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10.6K Points

6 years ago

At this time, there is no sanctioned way to relocate this folder. We are aware of the request, though.

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98 Points

I'm glad Adobe is aware if the request. This is a huge problem. Mobile sync is quickly filling up my boot disc

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82 Points

6 years ago

My beautiful file organization is going out the window! I'd like to store all of my mobile Lightroom uploads on a separate drive with the rest of my photos. I love the idea of doing this right from the mobile app, but for the time being I'm going to continue using the SyncMe app to get the photos in the right place, and THEN I will import them into Lightroom.

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70 Points

6 years ago

This setup just cost Adobe $10 / month as it prevents me from syncing my mobile photos to my main catalog and also prevents me from moving my mobile photos to my thunderbolt mirrored drives. I only have a small SSD as my main drive where Lightroom is installed and don't want that drive to fill up with my mobile pictures (4 devices). Hopefully this is fixed at some point and I'll be able to sign up for the Adobe Photography Plan at that time. You might want to mention this to your development team as I don't imagine I'm the only one who is holding out from joining your $10 / month plan due to the current implementation of Lightroom Mobile. So they could be losing hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month because of this.

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104K Points

6 years ago

ppcwp, you do realize it's just a temporary location and you can drag photos from there into any folder or drive of your choice once they've downloaded?

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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70 Points

Victoria, yes I understand that it's a temporary location but my catalog is organized by year / month. Unless you have a way to automate this, I don't think I want to spend the time moving photos that have been sent from 3 iPads and 2 iPhones into the proper folder locations in my main catalog. I'm not sure what the issue is with simply synchronizing with the existing catalog. Hopefully they can sort it out as once they do, they will start making $10 / month from me and I'm sure there are others as well based on what I'm seeing in this thread. Someone just needs to determine if the cost to fix this issue will be offset by the customers they'll gain after the fact. I imagine it would be as I don't think I'm the only one holding off from buying the package due to this limitation.

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104K Points

I can't test this right now, but there may be a quicker way... not quite automated but quicker. Open the volumes for the 3 iPads and 2 iPhones so you can see the folders inside. Hold down Ctrl (Windows) / Cmd (Mac) so you can click on all 5 of those folders. That'll show all of the mobile photos in the temp location. Then use the Metadata filters to select the photos by month and drag them to the right folders in your main location. It's still not as useful as automating it or moving the default location, but may help in the meantime.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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104 Points

6 years ago

Surprised that Adobe didn't anticipate this basic request. Let's hope it doesn't take them a year to react

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136 Points

6 years ago

This issue is starting to grate on my workflow. +1 from me.

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472 Points

6 years ago

Hi Victoria Bampton. Even so that it is a temporary location, the option must be available for the user to change it to a folder of his/her choice.

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104K Points

Yep, I wish for that too, but I just wanted to make sure everyone understood you can move them.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.