external hard drive letter changed.

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I keep my photos on an external 500 GB ssd.  It was getting full so I purchased a new identical Samsung t5 500 GB ssd.  When I connected the new drive it bumped the existing drive from drive E to Drive F.  Now Lightroom can't find my photos.  How do I rename the old drive back to drive E, or point lightroom to the renamed drive F?

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018
Here's how to rename a drive letter in Windows 10. Ensure that the drive you're relettering isn't in use and that no files from that drive are open. Right-click on the Start button. Click Disk Management to open the Disk Management console. Right-click the volume that has the drive letter you want to change. Click Change Drive Letter And Paths.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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Do a web search to get instructions on how to assign drive letters for your operating system. It's best to assign a drive letter in the lower half of the alphabet. By doing that, the operating system will not change it. After you have changed the drive letter. You can right-click on your folders and choose the option to update the folder location. This would be done in the Lightroom library module. If you have your folders arranged within a single master folder, you can update the location of the master folder and all of the subfolders will update automatically.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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It's best to assign a drive letter in the lower half of the alphabet.

Should that say upper half?

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Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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dj_paige  schrieb

It's best to assign a drive letter in the lower half of the alphabet.

Should that say upper half?

I think Jim is right, because, if you imagine a list from A to Z and A is at the top and Z at the bottom, then the drive letter of the external disk should be in the lower half.

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LEGEND ,
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Well okay, I use the language differently; and in any event, stating you want to use drive letters M to Z removes the ambiguity.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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I meant what I said. I guess we have different points of reference. I consider A to be the top of the alphabet, and Z to be the bottom of the alphabet.

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Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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Here's how to rename a drive letter in Windows 10.

  1. Ensure that the drive you're relettering isn't in use and that no files from that drive are open.
  2. Right-click on the Start button.
  3. Click Disk Management to open the Disk Management console.
  4. Right-click the volume that has the drive letter you want to change.
  5. Click Change Drive Letter And Paths.

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Participant ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Unfortunately we are in 2022 and Lightroom is still not clever enough to point to the right HD if letter has changed and nothing else. Adobe sensei and bla bla bla and easy tasks that should make life easier on us are neglected.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Letter and nothing else? The drive letter is fundamental to any navigation in Windows. Change the drive letter and you change everything. Expecting Lightroom to "understand" that is unrealistic to say the least.

 

The whole problem is easily avoided by simply assigning the same drive letter as the old disk.

 

You have more of a problem if you don't assign a drive letter at all. Then Windows will just pick the lowest free letter at any time, so it may change randomly. That's why you should assign a "high" letter in the second half of the alphabet, one that is normally not in use. That will stick.

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Participant ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Yes Adobe is 2 centuries behind other programs in that regard from image and video editing software to backup programs. The times you had 1 or 2 drives are gone. Now we manage easy a dozen drives connected internal and external plus cloud storage like Google Drive that also get their own letter. And those letters change from time to time depending on how many drives you have connected.

 

The "clever" software have an easy solution. If they don't finds the database he is looking for you just point to that drive in 1 click. The dumb software like Lightroom you have to point to all the multiple folders where the content is that can be again dozens of folder, so a lot of searching and clicking.

 

Sometimes  wonder why one man software is so much more useful and well thought that other software developed by hundreds of developers. Make you scratch your head.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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If they don't finds the database he is looking for you just point to that drive in 1 click.

 

This has been in the old Lightroom and the new Lightroom Classic for at least the entire 13 years I have been using the software. And no you don't have to do this folder-by-folder, one action will re-connect the entire drive.

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Not my experience, unless I am missing something. Once it does not see the files and you get all the interrogation marks you can point all the folders that cannot be found to the appropriate folders in the drives with the new letter but you cannot point the drive with the old letter to the drive that now has a new lettering.

And that would be the 1 click solution that is not.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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And that's exactly the case I am talking about, you reconnect the parent folder and all the subfolder reconnect. Been there for at least 13 years.

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Thats because you have a parent folder under the disk and inside many folders. Once you reconnect to that parent folder it finds the files. The problem comes that when you don't have a parent folder and inside one or many disk you have many folders that where imported to the catalogue you don't have that parent one folder but have many scattered folders that you have to connect, in my case eeven those folders spread on different disks.

 

This is because the best solution would be to pint at the disk and that Lightroom searches for the folders that have images in the catalogue.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Then I claim that's the user's fault, they have adopted a storage strategy that nullifies a capability in Lightroom Classic. (And easily fixed, if you want to take advantage of the capability in Lightroom Classic)

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Well, you can claim what you want. It is a Lightroom weakness and I hope it improves in the feature, as lagging behind competition is never a good strategy for success.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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I suggest adding your 'Upvote' and comments at the below 'Idea' post on this subject.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic-ideas/working-with-multiple-external-drives-pc-win1...

 

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LEGEND ,
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And I congratulate Adobe for programming it the way they did, this handles most people's use cases. It was a smart decision by Adobe, to not try to cover every possible use case such as yours, which would have added complexity to the software (making it more bloated) and slowing down the software development process and increasing the cost. Good job, Adobe!

 

And if there was a way to "downvote" at that thread, I would do so. Adobe can't do everything everyone wants.

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