Lightroom Desktop: Ability to eject memory card after import

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There is no option to disable the function of "Eject Memory Card after Import" for Lightroom CC (not Lightroom CC classic). How could I solve it?
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There isn't a way at this point in time, but I'll change it to a feature request. Can you explain why you need to keep it attached? That'll help your case.
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It’s simply I would like to import the images in different batches for better organization ^_^
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There's a lot of scope for user error (accidentally missing photos) doing it that way whereas if you import in one go, you can then drag/drop into albums.
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I also like to select a group of images, create and name an album for that group then import the group. I then go on to the next group, do the same and so on until all images have been imported. As I may have shot over 1000 images in a studio session and like to create up to 15 different albums for each part of the shoot, it’s very tedious having to take out the SD card and reconnect many times. It seems odd that LR Classic has the facility to disable Auto-Eject but not the newer Cloud Based LR CC.
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I agree with Michelle and John. I have a system of importing that allows me to file pics the way I like them and disregard the ones I wouldn't import. Please bring back the option. i worry about ruining my SD card by reinserting often.
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Make sure you are hitting the [Vote] button at the top right if this is a feature you want.
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I agree, my workflow works for me, and I'd prefer to not keep remounting the card. 
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Peter Bradley

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I agree, also. Returning from a long trip to a number of places, I want to import selected photos to specific albums. Reconnecting over and over again is tedious and irritating. It should be the photographer's choice on how to import.
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I'll offer my own workflow. I often have a mix of photos and video. I obviously do not want to import the video to Lightroom CC, so I import the photos first (usually the shorter import), then import the videos to my drive while I go do something else. I hate having to reinsert the card when the photos finish to switch to video. I 1000% can't set them to offload at the same time because when the photo import ends it terminates my video transfer. I don't care if it isn't the default, LET THE USER CHOOSE.
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I'm trying to do the opposite in LR Classic - I don't see the "Eject after import" option anymore. Any idea how to keep it?
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I have installed Micro SD as my secondary drive in Surface Pro, I don't want it to be ejected forcefully.

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Douglas Burns

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I agree, this needs implemented again. I don't want to have to re-learn a new method in my workflow which works for me and have used in all previous lightrooms.
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The user should be in control of when the SD is ejected. An auto-eject behaviour should be under control of a preference setting. The content of the SD may be relevant for use by other Apps e.g. video. Unfriendly and unexpected behaviour from LR to cause the user to re-insert the card if they want to do anything other than a single LR import.
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While the original poster wrote "for Lightroom CC (not Lightroom CC classic)", my experience is on Classic:
Lightroom Classic: 9.2.1 on Mac OS X: 10.15.5
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oh - is this new in 9.3, or did I miss it in the UI... anyway the option is clearly there in this version of classic

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I never save my photos onto my internal harddrive, I do all editing through external harddrives. I also edit photos one at a time because I do them all differently. It's infuriating to have to keep physically pulling and putting the usb back in just to save my work and then re-import. 
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Georgie Dee

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It ejects USB devices too not just SD cards. I use USB storage devices.
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USB external drives should not be ejected. Take us through what you do and what happens.
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Georgie Dee

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When I import 1 or multiple photos from a USB device then Lightroom ejects the drive. Sometimes it glitches and is unable too and comes up with a message saying it could be not ejected, but 90% of the time it does eject.
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Ok, let's start back at the beginning.

Are you Mac or Windows? And which Lightroom version number are you using (under Help menu > System Info) as this thread is about the cloud-based version of Lightroom.

What kind of USB device are we talking about? Is it a powered USB2 external hard drive? Is it a portable USB3 external hard drive? Is it a USB stick? Is it a memory card in a card reader?

When you go to the Import dialog, what settings do you select?

We need to be much more specific as there aren't other reports of the same issue. 
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I amended my comment above as I experienced the original poster's problem on Classic.
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