We have a brand new look! Take a tour with us and explore the latest updates on Adobe Support Community.
I have been using LR classic for a few years on a Macbook with files and catalogue on an external SSD. I nowinstalled the windows version on a Win10 PC, but when I try importing the catalogue I get the message the it cannot be on an external or network disk. Is this feature not available in the Windows version? Is there maybe a workaround? I want to be able to use LR on both computers by simply swapping the drive.
In order to swap the drive between a Mac and a PC, the drive has to be in a format which both operating systems will recognise, e.g Ex-Fat. How is the drive formatted?
Could you also show us a screenshot of the actual message that you receive.....catalogs most definitely CAN be on an external drive, but cannot be on a network drive,
I indeed chased the problem down to an NTFS partition unknown to me that had a catalogue that would not open. Once I installed a module to access HFS+ I was able to open and import the catalogue. Thanks you. But: this is the screen shot you get when you try reading a catalogue from a network drive:
I nowinstalled the windows version on a Win10 PC, but when I try importing the catalogue I get the message the it cannot be on an external or network disk.
You shouldn't be getting a message that you can't put a catalog on an external drive, because that is 100% not correct. You can put a catalog on an external drive.
The part about not allowing catalogs on a network drive is correct.
I was able to open it. But this is the screenshot:
message the it cannot be on an external or network disk.
Just a quick clarification: The message says it can’t be on “network volumes, removable storage, or read-only volumes.” That does not mean you can’t use an external hard drive. It all has to do with the technical definitions of those things, which admittedly are not obvious to most people, so let’s break them down:
Lightroom Classic lets you store a catalog on an “external” hard drive if it is directly attached to the computer (e.g., by a USB or Thunderbolt cable), not over the network; and because you shouldn’t unplug it while it is switched on and the computer is running. Lightroom Classic can count on it being there and not suddenly disappearing.