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Import Photos importing to Mac Hard Drive, not to the folder they originated from (external drive)

Community Beginner ,
Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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Hi all,

When I import photos from an external hard drive, the photos are then imported, but transferred to the "Pictures" folder on my Mac main hard drive.    

 

I want the photos to stay in the same location as they originated from - so if I import from an external drive, the imported folder appears within that same drive.

 

Not sure how to do this - and not sure why this changed all of a sudden.

 

Thank you for any help!

 

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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At the top of the Import screen select Add, not copy.

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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Perfect - thank you!!   hard to see until it is comletely obvoius!

 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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In the import screen, up top, select Add instead of Copy, or Copy as DNG. 

 

Oh, and never ever ever select Move, that just begs for problems.

 

Note that you can Add if the photos are on a hard drive, you cannot Add if on a SD card.

 

As for when you do want to use Copy or Copy as DNG, pay attention on the right side of the import screen, the Destination.

 

some references:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/how-to/import-photos.html

 

https://www.lightroompresets.com/blogs/pretty-presets-blog/16992760-mastering-lightroom-in-7-days-im...

 

https://jkost.com/blog/2020/09/importing-photos-into-lightroom-classic.html

 

 

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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Such a great help - thank you - been working with LR for years and never had that happen!

 

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