Add ability to delete files from SD card only after verifying copy status in Lightroom

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I would love to see the Import tool implement a way of copying files to one's system, then verifying the files' integrity by comparing them to what's on the card, and then presenting the user with the option of deleting the originals from the card, or perhaps formatting the card.

Simply copying files from the card to the computer gets a bit confusing. I shoot many hundreds of exposures in a day, and having all these files left on the card after import can present its own problems.

I understand that the idea behind preventing Lightroom from deleting files is to protect them, but I find that having thousands of files left on the card could be more dangerous since there's no quick way to find what's been imported!


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Ronald Byram

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That's what's formatting card within camera is for.
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Tom Mickow

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No offense Dan, but I think folks could get themselves in a lot more trouble if Lr had the ability to delete originals from memory cards.  Maybe others feel differently, but I'm very happy to have to take the extra step of deleting my originals and/or reformatting the card outside of Lr.
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No offense taken! But that's why LR would only give the option to delete or format once the files have been verified. We do have the option of write-protecting the card if we're afraid of inadvertent deletion, but by preventing LR from deleting files after verification, it's like slapping another layer of write-protect on the card. 

Do we need that?

it seems a bit odd that one is "allowed" to delete files from an unprotected SD card through one's file browser or within the camera, but that we need to be protected from this danger within the confines of LR.


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I hear you but if it's an option, somebody's going to mistakenly select it and then blame Adobe for deleting all their originals.  And beyond simple user error, there's all the other potential programming problems that creep in.  It's easy to say how a program should behave (e.g. only delete the original once you're 100% absolutely positive the copy was successful and the file is valid), but what really ends up happening in the real world when code is running, users are interacting with it and hardware may or may not be behaving properly is a completely different matter.

Using the write protect tab on cards (I assume that's what you were proposing) has it's own set of workflow issues, so I don't really see that as an improvement.  You also need to consider that not all memory cards have that tab.  My DSLR uses CF cards and my GoPro & drone use MicroSD, none of which have the write protect tab.

Bottom line for me is that I don't see enough benefit to outweigh the potentially catastrophic problems it could cause, so I'm happy the option doesn't exist and if it did, I would never ever ever never recommend somebody turn it on...but that's just me.  :)

Btw, you may want to check out an old (and somewhat heated) discussion on this topic over here - Lightroom: Delete Images on Card after Import  After 8 years, it's only received 23 votes, so I'm guessing this feature probably isn't on Adobe's roadmap.
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There is data verification when importing and converting to DNG (Check sum).
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Andrew Rodney

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Always format cards in the camera you will use that card: always.
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Ruurd van Dijk

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I use multiple cards. My files stay on the used card, until I need that card again and made myself very sure they are backed-up appropriately. Then I format that card IN CAMERA!!
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Marco Klompalberts

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Same here!
Only format IN CAMERA and only AFTER copied/backed up to at least two disks.
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I wouldn't want Lr going anywhere near my cards if deleting files was possible and i don't think Adobe should also be gettin in the check sum game.
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 but I find that having thousands of files left on the card could be more dangerous since there's no quick way to find what's been imported!
Isn't that what "don't import duplicates" is for?

Also, it's almost always a better workflow to use Finder/Explorer for card ingestion instead of Lr. 
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Roelof Moorlag

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a much more simple workflow is to ingest all photos from card and do the culling in Lightroom. Format rhe card in camera afterwards.

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