Elements: How long will it take to move a 250 gigabyte catalog from a hard drive on the laptop to an external 2 terabyte drive?

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Chris Cox

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That depends almost entirely on the speed of the two drives, their connections, the OS, etc.
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Ron Stout

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OK, thank you.

Does MOVE maintain the folder structure from the old to the new drive (PICTURE, DATE etc.), and the Tags?
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You have two ways to 'move' a library to another drive:
- the recommended way is to use the backup and restore process as explained in the link in Jeffrey Tranberry's post
- Using the drag and drop option to move a folder with its subfolders from one location to another (such as a new drive). The drag and drop is made in the left Folders panel.
Both solutions will keep the catalog updated.
If you move the picture files folder from the Explorer or Finder, all files in your catalog will be shown as 'disconnected'. It's possible to 'reconnect', but with a big catalog, that can be a real pain.

In any case, the speed of the transfer will depend solely on your hardware as explained by Chris Cox, not on your chosen solution. I would expect two to four hours.
Of course, with the backup / restore method, that requires twice the time, but I would never risk such a drastic changing without a backup anyway...