Lightroom Classic: Import is slow after updating

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Importing in LIghtroom is  Painfully slow in Classic.  After I upgraded to Classic I am seeing importing going from 2-3 minutes to 10-20 minutes.

Sometimes it takes 5 minutes for anything to start importing. 

This is now not a professional option with this decrease in importing speed.
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Steve Epperheimer

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This has been a problem for several month and Adobe hasn't come up with a fix yet?  They develop the problem, aren't they smart enough to fix their own mistake?  This is BS.  I've been waiting over an hour to unplug my iPhone so I can continue with my daily activities, but I've now got to wait on LR to finish it's imports.  Never had this problem before recent update.  Thanks a lot Adobe!
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Steve, i totally agree with you. After 6 months there should be a fix available for this issue... The performance issues in LR are just annoying...
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Hi,
is there any update with this issue. I've got the same problem now. To import 700 images takes hours with 100% CPU usage when they come from SD card. Copying with the OS is done in minutes,
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom import very slow.

The most recent version of Lightroom imports photos really slowly. It's taken me over 30 minutes to import 110 photos. In previous versions an entire 32GB card would take around 10 minutes. Please fix this!

Adobe software is usually excellent, but I need it to function normaly so I can work on schedule.
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Iain, according to John Ellis, a Lightroom Champion—and therefore an unimpeachable source of knowledge—, no one is seeing this problem.  You and I are one...no, two in a million.  We should be buying Lotto tickets together.  LOL
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In fact, I wrote the opposite: "The recent posts about performance are consistent with the long-term pattern, which is that a significant minority of users experience performance problems, with sometimes hard-to-discern patterns of who gets affected."
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic import from a card - just so slow.

Since the latest update, when I import from my SD card, nothing happens for ages. Then suddenly I see that Lightroom has imported 1 image, when in fact 20 are already on the hard drive. I have checked my PC and Lightroom has maxed out with all the memory on my PC at 98%
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Kim, according to John Ellis, a Lightroom Champion—and therefore an unimpeachable source of knowledge—, no one is seeing this problem.  You and I are one...no, counting Ian, three in a million.  We should be buying Lotto tickets together.  We'll be filthy rich.  LOL

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In fact, I wrote the opposite: "The recent posts about performance are consistent with the long-term pattern, which is that a significant minority of users experience performance problems, with sometimes hard-to-discern patterns of who gets affected."
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I finally broke away from Lightroom and jumped the boat to Capture One 11 Pro. Yes, I'm an Adobe Cloud subscriber but Adobe doesn't care and I don't want to fight it anymore. I'd rather put money down on something else, that just works and won't give me the same problems I've had over so many years without any address.

And with that, I can finally "Unfollow" this thread and never be bothered by the ever lasting issue that doesn't get resolved for years ... cya!
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Importing is slow for me as well. Some stats, if that helps:

9/17: 103 photos, from SD card - 16:32 (copy and import - 8:14)
9/21: 67 photos, from SD card - 11:38 (copy and import - 4:42)
10/13: 129 photos, from SD card - 26:20 (copy and import - 12:27)
10/19: 287 photos, from SD card - 48:25 (copy and import - 29:13)
10/25: 210 photos, from SD card - 40:49 (copy and import - 28:00)

I'm usually current with updates, so the dates reflect pre- and post-version 8.
 

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The card reader I'm using is an external reader. The Surface Pro 2017 doesn't have an SD reader.

While the SD reader may be slowing things down, I'm not sure it's the main problem. Your import from SD card is twice as fast as my import from HDD. Do you know what your import time is from the HDD?
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Import and convert to DNG  62 files in 76 seconds from desktop folder. 1.2 Sec/image
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And I'm at 5.0 sec/image.
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At this point we may be looking at simple hardware speed differences. 
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Happy Thanksgiving!

I find it hard to believe that this is a hardware issue.  We have similarly spec'd setups* - i5, 8GB RAM, Win 10 1083. In fact, my i5-7300U processor is faster than your i5-6300 processor. (I don't know what your HDD is, but mine is an SSD.) When we exclude reading from SD card, your import time is more than four times faster than mine - 5.4 sec/image vs. 1.2 sec/image. 

 I'll grant that there are a couple of things on my end that can improve performance (free HDD space, faster SD card/card reader), but even taking those into account, your import speed is multiples of mine. Given that our machines are just about identical in hardware specs, I don't see where there's room for improvement that would give me a 4x speed boost.

 *That is, of course, if the time you mentioned on 11/19 (1.2 sec/image) was on the Dell and not the MBP