moving lightroom catalog

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Ok, I've done this before but it's been a while and not that I have the lovely, great and awesome Lr_Classic (read vintage, antique, old) I'm a bit skittish. 

So, here's the scenario: I have my images, the full resolution originals, on a NAS connected HD. I have been experimenting with keeping my catalog on OneDrive. It works but what happens is that when ever I make a change to a file than close Lr on computer 1 (and this was any version) and then open the same catalog on computer 2, Lr puts an exclamation point on the edited file because it thinks the file was edited by an external program. Stupid, yes I know. Well even that would be ok because all I have to do is remember that yeah, I did edit the file using Lr so all I have to do is allow Lr to bake changes from disk instead of overwriting the edits with what Lr thinks is a different file. Yes, that would be great except that sometimes it's days before I open Lr in computer 2 and, sad but true, I do on occasion edit a file in some other program like PS or PSE without going through Lr to do so. You'd think since PS and PSE are sisters or brother programs to Lr that Lr would say, hey my brother PS or my sister PSE edited that file so it's all good just go ahead and accept the changes and don't bother the idiot that did it because he knows not what he does, right?

Anyway sorry, back to the question. I want to move the catalog from OneDrive to an external HD and I will just carry the ext HD from computer to computer. Since the originals are on the NAS and 99% of the time I will be connected to the network than I'll have access to the originals. So what I can't remember is do I move the entire Lr folder thus moving the Lr settings folder along with any catalogs residing in the Lr folder OR do I just go inside the Lr folder and move the catalog(s) and associated files, ie previews etc, separately into a Lr folder I will have created on the ext HD? Clear as mud? Good, does anyone care to comment?

My Kindest Regards,

GeGi
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GEGJr

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Stephen Cline

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I think I understand what you are asking about.  I travel a fair bit and continually work on photographs on two or three machines.  Thus far, I've refused to use the Cloud!  What's worked for me is to Export a catalogue that I've been working on a given computer and then Import onto the machine I want to work with next.  That's not quite the same as what you're asking but thought I'd throw it in there anyway.  BTW what is a NAS drive???  Just a networked hard drive somewhere?

Stephen
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Here's my approach. I use an external, portable HD with a USB connection that contains all of the Pictures folder/directory including the LR catalogs. So, when I work with LR all the action is on the external HD, whatever computer I'm working with. As backup I have an identical external HD that I keep synced with a short rsync program. So I have external drive A and external drive B with identical copies of all the photos and LR catalogs. When traveling I take both HDs and sync them daily. A little paranoia goes a long way. BTW rsync is built in to Mac OSes and probably windows as well. I hope this helps.
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Hi Jack, thanks. I have used your approach before and it's an ok solution but I was trying out a new approach. I tried keeping my catalog on my OneDrive since it's available to me wherever I am. It worked ok, albeit a little slow, but the main issue is that when ever I work on a file on computer A then open the catalog in computer B, Lr on computer B thinks the file I worked on in computer A was done in a different program and flags the file with an exclamation. I'm never sure whether to use the info from disk as Lr calls it or to overwrite from Lr. I chose use from disk and so far that seems to be answer. I know that seems trivial for the convenience of having my catalog(s) available anywhere and anytime but there are many times I go long stretches never having to work on any other computer than my desktop. So when I do work from my laptop I will have many files with exclamations attached and the real kicker is that I do sometimes work on a file from outside Lr. At any rate, IMHO I think Lr should just accept any changes I made that are embedded or written to xmp or modd sidecar and not bother asking me. I have gave Adobe feedback for years to make Lr network friendly like many other companies do, heck it's just a database for goodness sakes, it should be able to even deal with multiple users at one time. But Adobe has refused, perhaps because it keeps the price down but more likely because Adobe planned all along to create LrCC with their own cloud "eco-system" so they can gouge it's customers with outrageous storage fees and outrageous subscription fees all a while saying it's to get to the "new" user.

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GEGJr, a.k.a GeGi
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Stephen, yes a NAS is Network Attached Storage. It's a fancy name for a hard drive connected directly to your router via Ethernet. They're even made to connect wirelessly now assuming your router will allow it and they're even made to  act as a secondary router that can be used to access the internet just as if it is your primary router.

I understand your approach and I appreciate the idea and no offense but that is way too much trouble. It's much easier to keep the catalog with my actual files and just remember to disconnect the hard drive from my desktop to carry with me if I want to use Lr on the laptop. That's a pain too but for some reason Adobe won't configure Lr to be a Network capable app. They say it's too hard but several other companies do it. When my subscription runs out I will be terminating my long association with Adobe at least Lr anyway. It has proven to be too buggy. It's a marvelous piece of software and it's come a long way since I first started using version 3. But, it's getting to the point the bugs and shortcomings out way it's good points. I even as I said tried keeping my catalog on the cloud like OneDrive or Dropbox but Lr acts a fool when you do that. Yet and this is the proverbial straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back, Adobe has refused to make Lr network or personal cloud friendly but now they've went and created their own cloud so they charge you for the storage. Ain't that a kick in the gonads!

Thanks for responding. Oh yeah one more thing, there are people on these forums including Adobe techs that won't admit to Lr shortcomings. Everytime you try to explain an issue or ask for help about something they don't understand or don't want to understand they act if it's not happening to them that it can't be Lr at fault but has to be the user. I'm over the blame the victim routing I get from these forum ACPs and MVPs.
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