LIGHTROOM: File handling improvements

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I'm in the process of recovering from losing the drive which contained my catalog (and all of my automatic catalog backups)... I'm frustrated by the lack of control over where lightroom puts files. I'd like to see at least the following options:

1) separate explicit control over where Lightroom writes backups - so I can specify a directory on a separate physical drive

2) separate explicit control over where Lightroom stores previews - so these can either be on a separate drive or at least in a separate directory tree so they don't clutter up my 'real' backups

3) improved control over preview retention - retaining for 30 days is a reasonable default, but I'd like options for longer - and/or options to limit the size of the cache so I can keep 'forever' without worrying about it overrunning all available disk space

4) improved updating of directory paths - my catalog has references to tons of files on the g: drive (g:/photos/tim) - but the new catalog is on the f: drive (f:/tim) - Lightroom is having difficulty locating files from more than one directory, even though the directory hierarchy is the same - meaning that I have to do a 'find missing file' independently for every date in my catalog

5) (this is a bit blue-sky, but... ) I'd like to see support for creating and maintaining multi-volume backups - my collection of raw files is approximately 3TB and growing - much too large to store on any single optical device. Lightroom could make this backup management easy with a few additions:

a) add a 'backup set ID' field for images - this should handle a list - each item needs a status to indicate whether the image is 'assigned to the backup set' or 'confirmed to be in the backup set'
b) add 'backup set container' objects which have knowledge of target devices (CD/DVD/BluRay/etc). Images can be assigned to any container which isn't full
c) add an 'auto create and fill' capability so a full catalog can be assigned to backup sets which can then be written to external media
d) ideally... we'd also have an option to export catalog data to the backup sets - so a DVD full of raw files would also contain the associated catalog data
e) if an image is found to be missing.. but is in a backup set... Lightroom could then prompt the user to load the appropriate backup media. This could then be extended to allow parts of a catalog to be set as 'offline' and removed from the primary media - meaning that the images are still in the catalog, but only available from backup media
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Probably better to split individual items into separate posts so that people can vote for them singly instead of being forced to choose between voting for or abstaining from an aggregation.
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