Lightroom CC to Classic

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Unfortunately my Classic catalog is destroyed unrecoverable. I have all my pics stored in Lightroom CC in the cloud and also on my computer. I want to import the entire CC catalog into a new classic catalog without!! producing any additional files on my harddrive because the files are already there and as I told saved to the cloud. To be honest I ́d like to work more with CC but the filter criterias are nothing to write home about. Not even I can filter for file types nor can I look for missing files in my CC catalog and I know there are some because sync didnt work very well in the past. My simple goal is to have a perfectly clean CC and Classic catalog and I am happy if CC will become that grown up to word as only system. Finally Adobe I started a new empty Classic catalog because I first tried to manage the "back migration" allone. As I stopped the unwanted imports after 47 pics and really my catalog only has these many pics, Lightroom used 16gb of my CPU - come on Adobe you are not allone on my Mac!
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Ernst Haas

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Posted 9 months ago

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Ernst,
Lightroom Classic does not store images inside the catalog. The catalog only contains links to the images. That means that even if you lost your catalog, you probably haven't lost the images. They should still be on your hard disk. So if you want to create a new catalog (because the old one is not recoverable), you have two choices:

1: Import the images that are still on your hard disk. Use 'ADD' at the top of the import dialog, so the images are only added to the catalog, not copied or moved to another location. Don't sync this catalog to the cloud, because that will indeed make Lightroom download everything again.

2: Get the images from the cloud. Create a new catalog and do sync it. Lightroom Classic will download all the images from the cloud again, but it means you can delete the existing images so you still don't have two copies of each image.
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thanks for the fast response. Yes I know that the images aren ́t within the catalog and I have them save. But the pictures are in a folder which I have - for security reasons :) - synced with OneDrive. If I ́d choose your point 2 it would mean that I have duplicates on my harddisk anyway not to speak from the traffic of about 800gb which lasts for days. I ́d like to get only the smart previews from my Lightroom CC but not the files downloaded. Any idea??
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If you use my method 1, you won't get duplicates. The only version of the image would be in your local OneDrive folder. If you then do sync the Lightroom Classic catalog to the cloud, it will only upload smart previews because that is what Lightroom Classic does.
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would Lightroom CC combine the smart views with the existing files or do I have everything duplicated - one original file from CC and a smart preview from LR Classic?
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Lightroom CC would only have the smart previews, unless you import the originals into Lightroom CC as well. If you do that after it has downloaded those smart previews, then it is clever enough to understand that these are the same images. It will replace the smart previews in the cloud by the originals, so you won't get duplicates.
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Just a thought, did you check the backup folder LR Classic creates. It may have a copy of your catalogue?
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Ernst Haas

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good question and I dont know why but I couldnt find a backup anymore.