Classic/CC sync file download

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Is it correct that the full high res image of all raw files stored in the cloud via LR CC is downloaded to a local hard drive when LR Classic is sync’d with CC? I had originally thought that only a Smart Preview was created and downloaded. Or is this a configurable option? Thanks.
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LRCC uploads full res to the cloud, yes, and just downloads files as it needs them.

LR Classic is a hoarder - it downloads the largest version available in the cloud and keeps it. But it can only upload smart previews to the cloud.
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Thanks Victoria. I was hoping that wasn’t the case. I like the idea of cloud based storage/backup, the ‘new’ CC and the direction Adobe is heading makes sense to me. I had planned on moving to using cloud storage, assuming that I would still have ‘full’ Classic functionality and access to (eg) Book and Print modules through sync’d images (via smart preview). However, if Classic needs to fully download ‘all’ cloud stored images to a local drive when it syncs with CC, it defeats any benefit of cloud storage - for me at this time anyway. This seems to even prevent having a Classic collection synced and available on other devices via CC if (other) images are also stored in the cloud, or these cloud based images will all be downloaded with the sync. So it seems that for the time being, I might best be served by local storage if I want Classic functionality as well as the benefits of web and CC app portability at this time. Thanks again.
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If sync is turned on in Classic, it's generally smart enough to recognize that it already has a local copy of an identical cloud file.

But yes, Lightroom Classic is not a full member of the cloud ecosystem, so it can't just access photos from the cloud. It's a desktop-focused app, so it remains local storage based.
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Tks again Victoria. I do like the idea of Classic being maintained as a desktop focused app.