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Catalog Merge

Engaged ,
Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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Edited my travel images on my laptop and once completed, exported as a catalog, to an external drive. Plugged the drive into my desktop to merge catalogs. process shows the images, edited and RAW but all images are "greyed" out and will not import.An I missing something here? Lightroom Classic 11.5 and Windows 10

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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With the Export with Catalog, did you use the option to export the 'negatives'?

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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Good thought. I will export again.

Yes...I had selected Export Negative Files and Included available previews. Export in progress.

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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This works for me, YMMV: I clone (backup) my entire hard drive of photos, the catalog (one), presets etc to multiple drives. I take a clone on the road and work on that, adding images, editing, whatever. Then when I return, I clone that drive to the other(s), and only the new images, edits, etc are cloned back. It is fast, and it allows me to have access to all the other images on the road. Might be worth trying. 

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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But the process as I spelled it out, is also supposed to do the job and it's what I have done in the past successfully.

 

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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Yes, it should do the job; its just a lot more work, more documents to futz with without the benefit of another backup. 

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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Edited my travel images on my laptop and once completed, exported as a catalog, to an external drive. Plugged the drive into my desktop to merge catalogs. process shows the images, edited and RAW but all images are "greyed" out and will not import.An I missing something here? Lightroom Classic 11.5 and Windows 10

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You haven't selected anything.  Check 'All Folders' in the top left corner...

 

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No option to Check "All Folders"

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Those sure look like normal checkboxes to me... Have you tried the three folders individually?

BTW: Not exporting the negatives should not be the problem. In that case you can still import the new images, you just can't move them to another location because they are still linked to the original image location, which is 'missing'.

 

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