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Wed, Jun 13, 2018 6:55 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Please use external drive name instead of letter

This is a request to Adobe.  It should be simple enough to implement and would save lots of time and frustration on the user side.  I keep my photos on an external drive.  I assigned the drive a 'permanent' drive letter, but windows doesn't honor that; it changes the drive letter nearly every restart.  Since Lightroom Classic CC apparently looks only at the drive letter, this means that nearly every time I restart I must redirect the catalog to the current drive letter.  this is a pain in the neck!!!

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2 years ago

This isn't necessary as the drive letter can be permanently assigned in Windows. Please see: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/lightroom-loses-photo-location-after-drive-letter-change---wind...
 

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2 years ago

Not sure if the article Rikk pointed you to mentions it, but I would also suggest choosing a letter higher up in the alphabet.  Even though you're making a "permanent" assignment, Windows doesn't "reserve" that letter forever just for that particular drive.  

If your letter of choice is "E", but Windows needs that letter for another device before you plug in your external hard drive, Windows will use "E" and assign your drive something else when you plug it in.  That may be why it's changing on you.  Picking something like "U" will lessen your chances for those types of conflicts/problems coming up.

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I use P for Pictures... (and V for Videos on my other drive)
 

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I'll give it a shot, thanks!

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If, In Windows Disk Management, you assign a drive letter to a specific drive that letter will always be for that drive only. 

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Hmmm....haven't tested recently, so perhaps newer versions of Windows are better, but that certainly wasn't the case before.

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2 years ago

Rikk's suggestion is perfect and you can have any fixed drive letter like this, I've been doing the same way for years while changing drives and systems. 

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2 years ago

An other way is to "mount" your drive in a folder instead of using a letter.- In step 9 of Rikk's procedure, click on "Add" instead of "Change"
- in step 10 of Rikk's procedure, click on "Mount in the following empty NTFS folder", create a folder (say "Ext_Photos") and select it.
Now, the content of your external HD will ALWAYS be accessible via the folder "Ext_Photos", no need to care about and use the letter anymore (you can even delete the letter assignment).
Personnaly, I've a folder called "External", in which I've a folder for each external drive and USB keys (yes, this works for us keys too !). Very useful for Lightroom, backup, etc.