Lightroom CC (Not classic): How to stop the new making copies on my drive while importing

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I'd like the new LR CC (Not classic) to stop making copies on my drive when I import them in LR CC. The options "Store a copy..." in "Local Storage" preferences are unchecked but it still makes copies. How do I avoid that? How to simply import photos from a drive without making a copy of them anywhere?
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The application by design creates a local copy of whatever files you are importing, so that it has control of them pending the upload to the cloud. Once they are uploaded, the local copies (if you have the "store a copy locally" option unchecked) become eligible for deletion. That deletion will occur at some point after taking into consideration factors such as frequency of access and existing free space on the drive.

There's obviously a performance advantage if a local copy exists whenever you want to access a file, but the idea is that intelligent space management should ensure that any such local copies do not cause unwelcome pressure on the amount of free space on the designated drive.



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Thank you for your reply Jim, much appreciated.

What exactly do you mean with this: “There's obviously a performance advantage if a local copy exists whenever you want to access a file”? Does LR work slower if you work on files that are only in the cloud (my internet connection is ok for general use but had problems (=slow performance) with cloud drives before)? Or what kind of advantage do you mean?

So there’s no way to avoid all that and have full control over my files like I do when using LR Classic CC?

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The performance advantage is that, because LRCC prefers to load the original if one exists in the ecosystem, it's obviously quicker to load if the image is stored locally, compared with waiting for it to download. Depending on what you have available locally, e.g. a smart preview, that advantage may not be particularly noticeable with many files, but probably would be when opening an 800gb merged DNG file.

One of the design considerations for LRCC was to avoid the situation where the user had to worry about file and catalog management. Their market research indicated that many potential users of Lightroom were put off by their concerns about having to deal with these things, so the design is intended to take those concerns away. For those of us who prefer to be more in control of file management we have some influence over where the originals are stored locally, but no influence over how they are stored (date-based folders, but no options to modify). If that's a deal-breaker, LR Classic is perhaps the better option for you. I use both Classic and LRCC, which gives me the best of both worlds.
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Thanks for the thorough explanation Jim. I prefer to have full control over my file management, so I'll stick with Classic and use LRCC only when having access from another computer will be more important than having full control... I wish I could have both options with just one LR though.