Slow import from a smart previews catalog into the main catalog

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I'll quickly go through my process of Post production. Import raw photos from HDD into a catalog. Since any catalog with original files is slow, I export a catalog from this catalog which has the smart previews instead of the RAW files and then disconnect the HDD. All further work is done on the smart previews catalog and once the culling, editing process is complete, this catalog is brought back (imported) into the main catalog. This process used to take 5-10 minutes with 6-8k photos. Now it takes hours. I'm still waiting for the past one and half hours of the import and only 5k have been imported until now. The option chosen was to just "update the settings in the photos" and NOT create any virtual copies.

I'm on LR version 9.0.
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Several people used this kind of workflow in the past, but it is no longer needed. Lightroom Classic now has a preference setting in the Performance tab that does exactly what you do with your cumbersome workflow: prefer smart previews for editing (but even when the originals are present).


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Thanks for your response, Johan. I do know about this setting but there are various reasons why this doesn't work for us. We have a large team and we have to throw the catalogs around. Which means throwing the smart previews along with them. We also further break this large catalog into small sub-catalogs with 150 odd  photos (smart-previews) for sending to be edited to our editors. These are exported and imported frequently so that all pieces come together whenever we need. This also helps us with the backup and we can rebuild anything we need from the individual pieces in case something fails.

Totally separating the originals with the catalogs is a much more efficient and way faster method for us. 

Whats surprising is, this method worked for us in the past and the imports were never this slow. Its just in this version it doesn't work anymore due to some reason.