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How to remove onedrive from my lightroom catalog location found in Catalog Settings

New Here ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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Lightroom Classic ver.12.4., Windows 11.

I installed lightroom on a new Windows 11 computer, and now Onedrive shows up as the location of my LR catalog in Catalog Settings as: C:\Users\myname\OneDrive\Lightroom.   I need to remove OneDrive from the location and replace it with Pictures, and I can't figure out how to do that. I want the location to read: C:\Users\myname\Pictures\Lightoom, which used to be the default location, I believe.

 

I disabled OneDrive, then uninstalled it from my computer. Then I copied my catalog from OneDrive to my Pictures folder.

 

I hope this is clear. I would be very grateful for any help the Community can give me.

 

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LEGEND ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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Using your operating system, and with Lightroom Classic closed, copy or move the catalog file to whatever folder you want it to be in. (Seems like you did this) Then, double-click on the copied or moved catalog file to open it.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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Been trying to understand or at least eliminate a misunderstanding I may have. Does anyone have links to understanding OneDrive and how it can foul up LrC?

 

Specifically I see an OP listing as this OP did a path like"

C:\Users\myname\OneDrive\Lightroom

And I think that means the catalog is on the cloud. Is that correct or incorrect???

 

I avoid OneDrive like the plague,  I use local user accounts, and local Admin account as part of that avoidance, yes I have a MS Account, just in case, but it is avoided as well.

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Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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It's been a while since I've used OneDrive for anything, but I think that path (C:\Users\myname\OneDrive\Lightroom) means the folder containing the catalog (and other LRC data) is both locally stored AND synched to the cloud. I remember trying it years ago with the Lightroom catalog: the problem I saw was that the catalog changes so often when you're working in Lightroom that OneDrive synching would bog down Lightroom and the system. And, since the whole folder containing the catalog (not just the catalog itself) was being synched continuously, previews and other Lightroom data that change frequently would also synch to the cloud while you were using Lightroom, causing more performance problems. 

 

To get the catalog into OneDrive, someone would have to choose the folder "C:\Users\myname\OneDrive\Lightroom" as the location for a new catalog -- which is why I say that everthing that's stored in a Lightroom catalog FOLDER is being synched, not just the .LRCAT file itself.  Lightroom of course puts previews and other data in this folder. 

 

At one point, OneDrive started allowing users to specify that a folder could be stored in the cloud only, and not locally stored. The folder would still exist on the local drive, but its contents would be in the OneDrive cloud -- sort of like a folder mounted from a network drive. This was never turned on by default, though; you had to set it for individual folders if that's what you wanted. And I never tried that, so don't know if, or how well, it might work.

 

 

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Oct 26, 2023 Oct 26, 2023

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Thank you very much for such a detailed answer. You've helped me sort out my problem.

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Oh, wow, glad to hear it! And thanks for letting me know!

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