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Can I delete originals on my PC or laptop once I have synced them all to Lightroom?

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I've got a gazillion photos in various files on an old PC and a new Macbook Pro.  I'm uploading them all into Lightroom.  After that's done can I delete them from the PC and Macbook?  My goal is to get every photo in one place, and I'm making that place Lightroom as it works on both platforms and it seems like it will naturally be much easier to go through my photos in Lightroom than anywhere else.  I'm also going to upload old DVDs and various memory drive photos to LR as well.  Any risks here?  Ideally, I'd like all my originals safe forever in the Lightroom cloud, and perhaps later copy them all to an external HD as well.  I appreciate any advice.

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Hilary

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Personal opinion here... I would NEVER have all files only in cloud storage... one problem with a connection and you risk losing everything

 

Buy a usb dock and use at least one external hard drive to have at least one additional copy

 

A possibility is this USB3 dock with fan to swap 'bare' drives for backups http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147511

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Can I delete originals on my PC or laptop once I have synced them all to Lightroom?

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I've got a gazillion photos in various files on an old PC and a new Macbook Pro.  I'm uploading them all into Lightroom.  After that's done can I delete them from the PC and Macbook?  My goal is to get every photo in one place, and I'm making that place Lightroom as it works on both platforms and it seems like it will naturally be much easier to go through my photos in Lightroom than anywhere else.  I'm also going to upload old DVDs and various memory drive photos to LR as well.  Any risks here?  Ideally, I'd like all my originals safe forever in the Lightroom cloud, and perhaps later copy them all to an external HD as well.  I appreciate any advice.

Thank you!

Hilary

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Correct answer by John T Smith | Most Valuable Participant

Personal opinion here... I would NEVER have all files only in cloud storage... one problem with a connection and you risk losing everything

 

Buy a usb dock and use at least one external hard drive to have at least one additional copy

 

A possibility is this USB3 dock with fan to swap 'bare' drives for backups http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147511

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Personal opinion here... I would NEVER have all files only in cloud storage... one problem with a connection and you risk losing everything

 

Buy a usb dock and use at least one external hard drive to have at least one additional copy

 

A possibility is this USB3 dock with fan to swap 'bare' drives for backups http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147511

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