Lightroom Desktop: Why is there no possibility to change the cache location?

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In Lightroom CC, why can I choose the folder for the originals freely but not the cache location?
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Jan Thönniß

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Hans van den Berg

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You can. Edit, Preferences, Performance => Choose ....
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Adam Dr.

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Where? Latest version and no such option:

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I would assume that option under Preferences/Local Storage
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Sorry, mistake, my 'solution' was about LR Classic. I do suppose that you use LR CC because you work on a tablet or mobile? Otherwise you should use Classic, I think. Good luck!
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Well, not really. I have the Lightroom subscription which includes only the cloud version but yes I use it also on mobile and web. So full flexibility. If only it was faster...
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I used to use LR earlier (desktop) versions, I didn't like LRCC from the first moment. It's like trying to work on an Apple computer while really a windows person.
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No, you cannot. You can select the place where Lightroom stores local copies of originals, but you cannot select a different place for the Lightroom library itself.
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Well that would be a very bad design of their application... I rather think that Adobe has build the Lightroom from scratch adding features incrementally obviously not adding quite many that are important to some users. But probably not as important to most of them so they never get prioritized on their product backlog.
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Yeah, a bad design and it would be a bad excuse, if it is true, what Johan Elzenga guessed. It should be no problem to check, if the chosen location is on an external or internal drive. Even if this is allowed, Lightroom can check on startup, if the location is reachable and warn the user. There are so many possibilities.
And why or in which situation would you loose all the images? They are in the cloud and if something is not synced yet, you could also warn the user.
Btw, I made a test. I moved all files under /Lightroom CC/data to another location. I started Lightroom CC and it began to sync, like on the first start. I closed the app, moved the files back to C: and started Lightroom CC again. Everything was as before and nothing got lost.
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That test does not necessarily say anything. Right now there is no option to move the location, so if data aren’t where they should be, Lightroom will simply assume they do not exist yet. If you could move data to another location then missing data will have to be treated differently. But I agree there is no reason why this could not be dealt with, so I assume they simply had other priorities.
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Ok, what can I do, to change Adobe's priorities or rather have an influence on that?
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You can file a request in this forum, but by creating this thread you already did that. BTW, I am sure this had already been requested, so search for that and add your vote.
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