Lightroom: LR3 Cataloging with 2 external harddrives

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At present I like to download like you from the card and import to a six bay raid. A Second copy is sent to the a extenal hardrive at the same time
(only raw's can be sent correct?)
I was advised to have separate catalogs for each job which will result in thousands and then bring into Master Catalog
There would be a catalog for the Archive set as well
The problem is that I will be archiving all my old hardrives (bringing them to the Raid and sending them to the External once finished) Whilst working on newer jobs could become confusing?
Looking for advise to best achieve a good system Thanks C
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john beardsworth

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Use a single master catalogue. There's a job field in the Metadata panel, so you can easily separate individual jobs, and plenty of people are working with catalogues with hundreds of thousands of pictures. Multiple catalogues will only confuse and fragment control of your work.

If the archive set is identical to the live images, why is there a need to maintain a catalogue of the archive set too?

John
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Makes sense Thanks
The Archive set will be multiple archives that have not been properly archived
basically doing all old hardrives
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I'm still not sure I understand your archive set! Wouldn't it make sense to bring those images into Lightroom now and get them all under control too? As far as possible, I'd always try to maintain one system and not start constructing separate workflows.
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Yes I am bringing all images into the Raid and once finished transferring back to Archive set Guess I was asking if it is worth doing a catalog for this set once finished away in storage and ejected so I know what is on the harddrive?
Thanks
C