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Thu, Feb 20, 2020 1:08 AM

Lightroom Classic: Moving images to External drives

I have been trying to move picture files from an external drive (Toshiba) to another external drive (PA). The move command would not work but copy did. LR import panel shows the drive and the files. My LR folders panel only shows the drive but no files. I am able to import to my PA drive. I think the reason why the picture photos don’t show up in my LR folders is because the formatting is Windows instead of Mac. The photos I imported are subdued in the import panel and Finder shows the files in PA. My question is this a workable situation? I’m thinking I can erase the original drive and reformat for Mac?

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20.1K Points

8 months ago

Moving a document from one drive to another has to make a copy. You can only move documents from one drive’s location to another location on that drive. So that’s why ‘Move’ didn’t work. 
Click on the folder where you believe the images should appear and alt/option click synchronize folder. Do they show up?

Author “Color Management for Photographers"

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8 months ago

Additionally, the folders panel on the left side is not a true browser. It only shows folders for which a file has been saved within Lightroom.

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8 months ago


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8 months ago

It shows no files, TOSHIBA EXT and I have imported.

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8 months ago

Seems from the above capture, you’re on a Mac. So why is the drive formatted as Windows? 

Author “Color Management for Photographers"

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8 months ago

You can't MOVE from the Toshiba because it is formatted NTFS and the Mac can not write to the drive.  Moving requires writing to the drive.  It says right on you screen clip "You can only read"

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8 months ago

It's says read or write by my name. I am able to import to my other drive which would be read. I don't care if I can write. Please read my original questions.

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8 months ago

Apparently you do want to WRITE as moving files from this drive involves removing the files which is a write operation.  Unless you are using a third party program macOS can’t write to an NTFS formatted drive.  

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Right, it's called "NTFS for Mac", and allows you to read/write to an NTFS volume. Just reformat it!

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Exactly and I continue to wonder, despite asking, why Charles has formatted the drive in this fashion. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers"

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PS-The most current Mac format is APFS.

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His initial question is not clear! PA DOES show files in the subfolders, but not in the Parent folder, is that what needs fixing? Not sure, does he need to "Update folder location" or "Synchronize"?

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8 months ago

It reads from Toshiba and writes to PA

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Toshiba is the windows format, PA is being imported to (write) . Finder shows the files I have imported and in PA.

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this is the last time I am going to tell you that to MOVE files from the Toshiba you have to WRITE to the Toshiba. I’ll let someone else explain it

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Toshiba is the windows format, PA is being imported to (write) . Finder shows the files I have imported and in PA.

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8 months ago

I don't need need to write to the windows drive. I am reading it and (copying) to the Mac PA).

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8 months ago

Your are giving me advise on things that I wrote in my original post. Thanks for your time.

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Ultimatums without suggests or instructions are useless and derogatory.