Lightroom CC: Delete files after import

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Could an option to delete files from SD be added into the Import dialogue?
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Rafael Jeffman

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It is not a good idea to delete single files from flash memories at all, since they carry a maximum number of "writes", and each file deleted is one "write" to the card.
Memory cards, used for photography should be "formatted" on the camera they are used. It is the safest procedure.
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Anyway, there is the option to "MOVE" files upon import, that does what you want. (Although I never recommend this option.)
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Move is not available when you import from a memory card. Only copy and copy as dng is.
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There is no such option in CC, you can only copy files.

It could be an easy implementation, for example pressing 'alt' could change your button from "Add Photos" to "Move Photos" or similar..

There is no hard number a card can be written on, I've never had an SD card fail on me to be honest. And they are quite cheap, this allows different people to work as they like. Backup from the fiels is on the second card, so it is safe to have one 'working' card be deleted by the computer software.

Problem is when you import into LR and then cull out the keepers. The next time you insert the SD, old rejected files are still there, so you have to manually select the new batch, which is inconvenient.
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The options mentioned are for Lightroom Classic, not for Lightroom CC.

Adobe has chosen not to add an option to delete images, for safety reasons. If for some reason an image would come over corrupted, the original may already have been deleted if the system did not detect that. I am sure they are not willing to change that. Format your card after you have imported the images.
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Thank you for clarification!
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This is a real and significant usability fail.

If I don't import EVERY SINGLE image on a card (which for me is normally never the case) then after importing I have to manually go through the images on my camera and delete the ones I have imported one at a time, which is an incredibly slow process with multiple button presses. This is an unbelievable hassle and has stopped me using this software.

Who has the time for this sort of ludicrously inconvenient exercise? When an SD card can have thousands of pictures on it, why are we stuck in the dark ages of being forced to do things in the most awkward way possible.

I always thought that computers were meant to make our lives easier, but in this case it is exactly the opposite.

For information, I have lots of albums set up to categorise my photos on import so that I can easily find them later. I use the function provided in Lightroom to import sets of images directly into the appropriate album. I need the ability to delete images after import so that this workflow is efficient. Without this function it becomes impossibly inefficient.

The objection to deleting the images piecemeal because of possible lifetime issues is quite ridiculous. Most are rated at around 100,000 writes which is way beyond anything any camera card will ever experience. EVEN IF this was to be a problem (it's not) they are so cheap that it hardly matters if the very occasional one failed after a vast amount of use.

Besides which this selective deleting is what many people are being forced to do anyway on their camera, which is the most inconvenient way of doing it. Why can they not have the added utility of doing it on their computer if they prefer?