Lightroom: Some questions about offline use of Lightroom catalog (using catalog when photos are not available)

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Rather than experiment and find out what doesn't work, I thought I'd ask you fine people some questions first.

I am about to leave on a trip and I want to "bring my photos with me". The problem is that they don't fit onto a portable drive. Right now all my photos + their catalog reside on an external RAID drive. The catalog is set to automatically write metadata to the files.

Can I do the following?

* Copy the catalog to an internal drive and update previews so I can see previews while I am on the road?

* Edit the metadata in the catalog for photos that already exist in the catalog? (Where the images themselves have been left at home).

* Add photos and catalog them while on the road?

* When I get back, write metadata back to the photos? (Save All, unless Lightroom is smart enough to know which files need to be updated).

* When I get back, copy my new photos + sidecars to the external disk and show Lightroom where that folder is and have it remember all my edits to the photos I take while traveling?

My experience with Lightroom is that it doesn't always do what I expect it to do, so I'd like to get this right the first time!

TIA

Alan
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Alan Harper

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Its easy enough to test and be sure, but in a word - yes.

Lightroom's library functions behave normally whether photos are missing or not - you just can't do things that require the original to be present, like editing in develop module and exporting...
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Alan Harper

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Thanks.

As for testing, I am still (12 hours later) rendering the previews. And, as we know, it is difficult to find metadata conflicts in a haystack of images, since one can't search for files by metadata status.
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I was imagining a test with a dozen images or so, before doing the whole catalog.