Lightroom Classic: How do I relocate my catalog folders from C: drive to a Alternate Drive (SSD is about Full)?

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I have my Lightroom catalog on my windows 10 C: drive (500 GIGSSD)  in the Pictures folder. my Catalog is taking up 70% of the storage. I wish to relocate the Folders to a different HD.  is it as simple as click and drag over to a new Drive? then Tell LR when the catalog is? or are there some extra steps?  I have over 300k pictures in catalog. wish there was a way to compress the older previews. That's why I need to move catalog to a 1-4tb HD
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Yes, simple. Move the folder with the pictures to the new location. LR will show this folder with a "?" rightclick on the folder in LR and click on "search missing folder". Then, select the folder on its new location and click OK. Ready :-)
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Yep, it's that simple.  This question is also good for you to learn to move ALL OF YOUR DATA away from your C Drive.  I have learned the hard way about OS drives crashing and losing my data.  Of course that was back in the days of DOS (that's what we used before windows).  

The first rule in protecting your data is ... protect it on another drive.  If you get hit with a virus or something and have to reload your OS, your data is safe.  Take your Lightroom data, your documents, your pictures, your (whatever) and MOVE them ALL to a different drive - or drives..  You will also find out that ... without all that stuff crapping up your C drive .... it will run better.
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Hi Ronald,

Just move the catalog and folders to a different folder.
LR will show a '?' mark on all the missing folders.
Right click on the folder, click on "Find Missing Folder" and select the new location.

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