Import Old Catalog on Hard Drive to Newly Downloaded LrC

New Here ,
Mar 06, 2022 Mar 06, 2022

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Hi Friends.  I let my LR subscription lapse for a year, but just reupped.  My previous LR photos are on an external hard drive, organized by what used to be my catalog headers.  For example, "travel,," then within travel "montreal," "San Diego," etc.  How do I recreate the catalog structure in the newly downloaded LRC?

 

Also, while I'm asking the question, how do I do it in LR Cloud?  Many thanks!!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 07, 2022 Mar 07, 2022

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Hello -

Please see this knowledge base article from Adobe for the steps to import images into Lightroom Classic: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/import-photos-video-catalog.html

 

This is the kb article for Lightroom Cloud: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/using/add-photos.html

 

Hope this is helpful.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 07, 2022 Mar 07, 2022

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If you still have the catalog from before the subscription lapsed (which you should have) then just open this catalog in Lightroom Classic, and all your organization will still be there.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 07, 2022 Mar 07, 2022

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If you open your old catalog in Lightroom Classic, you'll probably get a dialog asking you to upgrade it. Just let Lightroom Classic upgrade the catalog (please note that you can rename it in the dialog, do you don't get a stupid name like "Lightroom catalog 2-2-2-v10-v11") and you're good to go.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Mar 07, 2022 Mar 07, 2022

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Thank you!  It asked me to upgrade, I did, and it just had standard LR catalog, like by year.  I think I fixed it....I just imported from my hard drive

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If you upgrade the catalog file, no need to import anything except new files that were never previously in Lightroom Classic.

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