SD Card to External Hard Drive help! Lightroom classic CC

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When I try to import photos into lightroom classic from my SD card onto my external hard drive, my mac hard drive will fill up even though it is not being put on that hard drive. My mac hard drive is so full from most likely lightroom clutter that I cannot even upload photos anymore. Help!
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Kian

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Carlos Cardona

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No, not “Lightroom clutter”, just delete old LR backups, and continue to clean your drive (rocket science it’s not).
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Kian

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I cant find anything to clean off of my drive. I am not exactly the most "tech savvy" but I can use most computers well without a problem and usually can trouble shoot all of my own problems. i cannot find where my lightroom backups are stored.
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Carlos Cardona

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Users/your username/Pictures/Lightroom Catalog folder/Backups. You only need say 5-10 backups, not ALL of them.
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You can set the location of the catalog backup in the dialog that asks you if you want to make a backup. Choose your external disk, not the default location. The default location is the same disk as the original catalog, and that's a bad idea anyway. If that disk crashes, you'll lose your catalog and your backups!

When you import an image, Lightroom will have to create a preview for it, otherwise you can't view it. The previews are located inside your catalog folder, so that is why Lightroom is using up more and more disk space, even when the original images are on an external disk. You may consider moving the catalog folder to that external disk as well if you are so desperate for disk space.