Lightroom: Is it possible to have the preview folders not be included in the catalog path/folders?

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Is it possible to have the preview folders not be included in the catalog path/folders? A definition to be able to to point the previews to a separate drive It would make it extremely useful. To be able to use an external backup program or just to be able to copy the catalog folder and its backup folders without the previews folders/files included is extremely important to me. The preview folders/files can be recreated in its entirety, therefore backing up the previews is totally redundant and unnecessary .
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Kevin Fuhr

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Chris Cox

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Um, which application are you using/referring to?
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Kevin Fuhr

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My apologizes, as I thought this was a Lightroom exclusive forum.

I am currently using Lightroom 3.4.1, 3.5 & 3.6 rc1.

Regards, Kevin
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Currently the previews database/folder has to be in the same directory as the main catalogue database.
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Jim Wilde

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Alternatively, leave the previews folder where it is and use a backup program that allows sub-folders to be excluded. That's what I do.
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Thanks everyone, very much appreciated.

Mr. Beardsworth, interesting information. I will be looking into this. Unfortunately my data is all on USB drives formatted at FAT32 not NTFS.

I was hoping that Adobe staff/developers were listening also. It would be much easier if LR just allowed a separation of the previews from the catalog folders.

Regards, Kevin
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If you do want to pursue the "hardlink" solution in the interim, you can convert drive D: from FAT32 to NTFS (non-destructively, i.e. without data loss) - open a command prompt and type:

convert D: /fs:ntfs

I would still recommend a backup first just in case...

Note: If you have ImageMagick installed you will have to specify complete path to the windows utility, otherwise it will think you are trying to convert an image format!

PS - Adobe is probably listening, just not talking... ;-}
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Kevin Fuhr

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Thanks Rob.
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Rob Cole

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You're welcome - Please let us (or me anyway) know how you fare...