Lightroom Classic: Catalog on new computer preview issue

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I am backing up my LR Catalog on an external SSD. My main computer has my media drive offline but shows the previews in LR. Now when I open the copied Catalog, of course, the previews are not there. Is there an easy way to get the previews to show when I transfer this catalog to my laptop? I don't want to have to relink them. DO I need to copy the previews file inside CATALOG folder on main machine? Hope this makes sense...
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Jerry Syder

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That's right, you need to move/ copy the previews folder along with the catalog.
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Just Shot Me

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As above OR just have LR create new previews on the new computer. That happens Automatically when viewing images in either the Library or Develop modules when scrolling through images in either the Film Strip or the Grid view of the Library module.

No real need to Copy over the Previews folder.
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Philippe Coudé du Foresto

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No need to backup this big folder since LR can rebuild the previews at any time. In case of rollback, restore the catalog and let LR rebuild the previews.