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Thu, Dec 12, 2019 9:49 PM

Lightroom Classic: Moving catalog to an external hard drive - How to do it?

I’m considering Moving my LR Classic catalog from my MBPro to an external hard drive - How should I do it? I have a catalog file and I also see a library file in a separate directory!Do I need to move them both ?Do I need to create same folders on the target Ext. HD ?The Catalog file is in my LR folder under the pictures folder and the library file is in the pictures root folder . Is this library file the one contains the standard previews ?Thanks

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The library file in the screen capture above has nothing to do with Lightroom Classic, It is the Lightroom Desktop catalog and associated files. At some point you must have tried out Lightroom Desktop and this is the file from that instance. 

Victoria writes a good moving catalog guide: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/how-move-lightroom-to-new-computer/
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Thanks so much Rikk

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Your catalog & previews are stored in one location.  The actual image files can be in one or multiple different locations, depending on your workflow, storage options, etc.

You can do whatever you'd like with the images themselves, but I'd highly recommend leaving the catalog & previews on your MBPro.  You'll get much better performance that way.

To move just the image files to another location, I'd have a look at Victoria Bampton's post here -  
How do I move only my photos to another hard drive, leaving the catalog where it is?

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Thanks for info and thanks for sharing your thought about the right workflow !!!! Thanks

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Just copy the folder and library files, double click on the library: done.

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Will try this on the morning! Thanks Andrew

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Dear Laura thanks soooo much your video presentation was excellent!!! I watched 3 more videos. Your delivery is great and so very helpful you really made things much simpler! Thanks

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Biggest consideration, in my mind, is what happens when you eventually need a second external hard drive?  Then you'd need both hard drives plugged in so you could access the LR catalog on one drive while you access the photos on the second (or more).

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Appreciate your comments Richard . After reading all the comments here I will leave the Catalog on the MBP. Reading all the comments gave me a great insight into the LR Classic world.

Thanks again,

Hanani