Lightroom CC: Ability to select network drive for original image location

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I have limited local hard drive space on my MacBook pro and use a network drive for all file storage. I want to keep copies of all my originals (not just backed up / on the cloud) and need to use my network drive in order to do so.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cannot change storage location to a NETWORK DRIVE. Only local machine folders see....

I try to change the storage location in Preferences. I try to specify a network shared folder (on a NAS). The program accepts my network folder but ... it doesn't SAVE my specification.  Are network folders allowed? If not, please provide an error message. If they are allowed, this is a bug.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled "Oops! You've selected an invalid location" when trying to save originals to netw....

Whenever I try to select a network drive (P:) as a location to save originals to, I'm greeted with the error message in the title.

Is this a bug, or are network drives not supported?

I'm using Lightroom CC 1.1, on Windows 10.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Store Lightroom CC originals on External Hard Drive.

Lightroom CC on Mac OS X won't allow me to select an external hard drive as a storage location for original files.  When I try to select the drive, I get an error message that says: "Oops! You've selected an invalid location.  Make sure you select a valid destination for your photos (such as an external hard drive, USB drive, etc)."

Anyone know how to fix this?
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Guessing it's a deliberate disallowance, but I think it should be changed. Any performance implications will be understood by those choosing to use network drives, though should be largely irrelevant due to Lr's caching. 

I understand the concept that it's all in the cloud and we don't need local storage, but for safety reasons, I like to have my own local copy 'just in case'. I don't think the perceived need for this will change for a generation.
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I get the "Oops! You've selected an invalid location" when selecting a directory on a drive plugged in via USB. The drive is a Seagate Backup Plus formatted NTFS, but I'm connecting with Paragon (software that allows OS X to read/write to NTFS). I've gotta be honest, I have Lightroom 6 (or is it CC Classic?) and so far I'm much happier with that version than with CC.

In Lightroom 6 there are MANY more exporting options and there's much more control of how things happen (i.e. how it connects and works with external editors). Lightroom CC is too automated imo. You can also have catalogues on external drives!

My issue is a unique bug since it's not a network drive and should work. But being able to store things on network drives is a worthwhile feature CC should definitely support.

MacBook Pro (early 2013)
MacOS Sierra
Intel i7
16gb RAM
512gb SSD
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Definitely need this feature, to be able to make the storage location a network share/NAS drive.  We're in the age of ultrabooks with limited ssd storage space... really disappointed that they didn't see this as a critical feature to begin with.
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Just as a test, can you *import* photos from a network location?

This is possble in Lightroom 6 for me, so it's also possible to select a network location for a photo/folder already in the catalog. However, I'm on Windows, and Windows networking works wildly different from macOS networking. Perhaps you've encountered a Mac-only bug.

I can definitely work with photos from a network location (mapped network drives, and UNC paths - both are fine), but I'm using Lightroom 6 on Windows 10 FCU.

If nothing else, then consider this reply proof of a regression bug.

(btw, LR 1.1, are you sure? You probably meant 7.1)
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Lightroom Premiere Suite of Priducts please allow nas drive support, this will be a deal breaker for adobe products for my company WF. Thank you.
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Yes, please add this functionality. Very frustrated that I cannot select mapped NAS for local storage.
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Doesn’t this work now with the latest update?
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"Doesn’t this work now with the latest update?"

--> No it still doesn't accept a usb hard disk on Lightroom CC 1.3 on MacOS 10.13