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External Drive Volume Name Issue

Community Beginner ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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I'm just now moving from a MacBook Pro 2015 to a 2021. I have all my orginal photo on an external disc drive and the Lightroom catalog on the Macintosh HD drive.

When migrating to the new computer, I have investigated in a new external disc drive and prepared this new 2 TB disc with all the orgiginal photos. The old one with only 1TB is almost full so the move to a new disc was necessary.

I have copied all the Lightroom Classic catalog files to the new laptop.

The name of the volume of the old disc drive is "Foto 1 Original Mac", where all the orgiginal photoes are stored.

The last step in my migration. process was to set the new 2TB Lacie disc drive to the volume name "Foto 1 Original Mac". But to my surprice I wasn't able to set such a long name. The Mac process only accepted 11 characters.

So setting a shorter name on the new volume, like "Foto 1" for example,  doesn't work when I start Lightroom Classic with the catalog settings from the old MacBook Pro because the volume name is of cource "Foto 1 Orgignal Mac".

Now I wonder if anyone can give me an idea of how to solve this problem?

I have only one catalog in Libghtroom with about 50.000 photoes.

BR Peter Nolin

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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See this document, especially Figure 4 and related text, to point Lightroom Classic to the new drive/new folder name.

https://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Check the disk formatting. If MacOS does not allow you to use such a long disk name, then most likely the disk is not MacOS Extended or APFS formatted. That is not what you want anyway.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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Thank you very much for your support.

You gave me some tips that solved my problem.

By changing the format of the external disk to Mac OS Extended (instead of using exFAT), I was able to change the disk volume name to "along name" with more than 11 charaters. In my case to "Foto 1 Orginal Mac".

I'm very grateful for your support.

BR Peter

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