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496 Points

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 3:56 PM

Lightroom CC: Backup entire LRCC catalog?

Hiya,

My plan is to upload my ~25,000 family photos & Videos to LRCC. I also want to maintain a cloud backup of everything i put into LRCC. Is there any way to do a direct back of LRCC to a cloud system like OneDrive, Google Drive, Drop Box, etc?

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10.5K Points

3 years ago

I have put Lightroom catalogs on Dropbox without any issues. As with any database, if you open it on a 2nd computer before all the links are consistent, you risk losing everything. And you have to figure out how to not sync the cache files (or pay for uploading, downloading and storing a bunch of redundant data).

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3.4K Points

3 years ago

I believe LR CC keeps a copy of your catalogue locally.  My copy (on an Mac) is in the pictures folder:  Lightroom Library.lrlibrary

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496 Points

3 years ago

I know LR Classic keeps the catalog local, but I don't think the new LRCC does the same. 

Adobe Administrator

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288K Points

3 years ago

Your catalog and full size originalimages are backed up in the Lightroom CC cloud.

If you want to keep all copies locally and backed up in the Lightroom CC cloud, open Preferences > Local Storage, and check "Store a copy of ALL originals locally"



Backing everything up to another cloud system would be a 3rd, redundant black up. We don't recommend syncing images and catalogs to 3rd service because the sync engines compete with one another in such a way that the performance on the system would be compromised. 

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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110 Points

If I turn this option on later, will it go back and find all of the cloud files and copy them back to local storage or is the a "from this point on" feature?

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102.6K Points

Turning it on will download the cloud files in addition to keeping new ones.

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Thank you!  So...  If one wanted a backup or to download all pics they could set the local location to a where they wanted a backup and turn on this feature.  Once sync'd, turn if back off and restore your location...

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I am guessing this is kind of one way?  I cannot add a picture to the local storage and it will get uploaded to the cloud?

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Potentially, yes. I don't think it's a use case it was designed for, so you could run into a hiccup or two if you tried to update that backup the same way in future.

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> I cannot add a picture to the local storage and it will get uploaded to the cloud?

Correct.

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What are you trying to accomplish Jay?

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I kind of changed my focus in the middle :-)  Originally I was looking for a way to download everything from the cloud.  That is accomplished with the setting.  Then I thought (almost as dangerous and assuming) if it would upload pictures based on the setting, that might be a way to upload all my folders of pictures to the cloud.  Trying to work around the very significant limitation of having to upload each directory and create all the folders and albums manually...  Sorry if I frustrated you.  I am new and have been trying to get past the upload all my folders at once issue.

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No, that's fine Jay, happy to help. It just helps to understand the logic behind the questions, in order to give the best answers. Have you got many folders to go? One workaround might be via a Lightroom Classic trial. You can import into LR Classic, tell it to convert the folders to collections, then migrate that LR Classic catalog to LRCC. It's a bit of a hack, but might save you some time if you have loads and loads of folders.

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I had seen something along those lines but not enough details.  So, I will not have to manually create the folder structure or copy individuals folders?  I will download the trial and try this will a subset to see how it works.  Any special settings on the classic import or does it automatically import all the pictures and folders?  Thank you!

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I am at the import and have pointed the import to a small directory of photos (some in that directory and others in various directory structures under the import directory).  But it just shows tiles of a little over 800 pics with no directories list.  I suspect importing at this point will lose my directory structure.

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There is an Add to Collection option and it calls it a Quick Collection.  That indeed did import the entire directory structure!  So, step 1 done!

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I then did a create collection at that directory and now the folder structure is present in the Collections panel.

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tried sync with Lightroom CC and is said it was syncing files, but at the end they did not appear in Lightroom CC need to figure out how to migrate the catalog to CC.

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done, see comment below!  Thank you!!!

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3 years ago

That's a step  right direction, Jeffrey, but I don't ever want my files to be stored locally -- I want to be able to copy them from LRCC cloud to some other cloud storage system. 

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2 years ago

I was able to save the top folder of collections and export it as a catalog.  Then go into Lightroom CC and migrate the catalog.  All pictures were brought in with folder structure.  Thank you very much!!!

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Oh well done Jay! Sorry, time zones interfered!