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New Here ,
May 03, 2024 May 03, 2024

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I hit "import" at 8:15 this morning and it is now 10:15pm and LR has only imported 599 photos and the progress bar is about 25% full. There are probably around 2,000 photos on this card. It's a 128GB card with 300mb write speed. The photos are being imported to an external drive, but the catalog is on my HD. Photos are all raw, I shoot live stage photography and have to be able to adjust the lighting. When I shoot our show I always fill up the card. I used to always hit "import" when I go to bed and it's done when I get up, so less than 7 hours. It's been over 14 hours and it's 25% done. What is going on??

 

Adobe LR Classic

13.2 Crelease

Camera raw version 16.2

 

Computer Info:

  Model Name: iMac

  Model Identifier: iMac19,1

  Processor Name: 8-Core Intel Core i9

  Processor Speed: 3.6 GHz

  Number of Processors: 1

  Total Number of Cores: 8

  L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB

  L3 Cache: 16 MB

  Hyper-Threading Technology: Enabled

  Memory: 64 GB

  System Firmware Version: 1968.140.7.0.0

  OS Loader Version: 577.140.2~15

  SMC Version (system): 2.46f12

  Serial Number (system): C02ZK19UJV40

  Hardware UUID: 9F7272BD-12D0-51B3-8AC6-6199E04D4557

  Provisioning UDID: 9F7272BD-12D0-51B3-8AC6-6199E04D4557

 

Radeon Pro 580X:

 

  Chipset Model: Radeon Pro 580X

  Type: GPU

  Bus: PCIe

  PCIe Lane Width: x16

  VRAM (Total): 8 GB

  Vendor: AMD (0x1002)

  Device ID: 0x67df

  Revision ID: 0x00c0

  ROM Revision: 113-D0008A-042

  VBIOS Version: 113-D0008A1X-009

  EFI Driver Version: 01.B1.042

  Metal Support: Metal 2

  Displays:

iMac:

  Display Type: Built-In Retina LCD

  Resolution: Retina 5K (5120 x 2880)

  Framebuffer Depth: 30-Bit Color (ARGB2101010)

  Main Display: Yes

  Mirror: Off

  Online: Yes

  Automatically Adjust Brightness: Yes

  Connection Type: Internal

S24B300:

  Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p FHD - Full High Definition)

  UI Looks like: 1920 x 1080 @ 60.00Hz

  Framebuffer Depth: 30-Bit Color (ARGB2101010)

  Mirror: Off

  Online: Yes

  Rotation: Supported

  Connection Type: DVI or HDMI

  Adapter Firmware Version: 7.55

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LEGEND ,
May 04, 2024 May 04, 2024

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My first thoughts: defective or malfunctioning camera card, or defective or malfunctioning card reader.

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New Here ,
May 04, 2024 May 04, 2024

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The card reader is the slot built into my iMac and it has happened with all of my cards lately. Same cards I have used for several years.

 

Update: It's now almost 50% done, 11 hours after I posted this, 24 hours after I started the import.

 

Card Details:

Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC Memory Card, UHS-II, C10, U3, V90, Full-HD & 8K Video, Up To 300MB/s Read, for DSLR, Cinema-Quality Video Cameras (LSD2000128G-BNNNU)

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Community Expert ,
May 04, 2024 May 04, 2024

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It's probably a bit late now, but selecting the SD Card from 'Files' section tends to be faster and much less prone to issues* than 'Devices' (see first attached screenshot).

 

* I filed a bug back in late February for the Mac in which I reported that LrC 13.2 often would not import all of the files due to be imported. The number imported tended to be related to how many files had been enumerated** prior to me pressing the import button.

 

** See second attached screenshot

 

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New Here ,
May 06, 2024 May 06, 2024

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I think this was my solution! After the first card finished, tried another card in the same card slot. This card was also full, but only holds 64GB. I imported from files instead of devices, started at 10:15 pm before bed and it was done when I woke up at 6 am. It took a full 24 hours to import that many photos before. I think I at least eliminated the card reader as the problem. Thanks for the help!

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LEGEND ,
May 04, 2024 May 04, 2024

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The card reader is the slot built into my iMac and it has happened with all of my cards lately. Same cards I have used for several years.

 

Update: It's now almost 50% done, 11 hours after I posted this, 24 hours after I started the import.

 

Card Details:

Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC Memory Card, UHS-II, C10, U3, V90, Full-HD & 8K Video, Up To 300MB/s Read, for DSLR, Cinema-Quality Video Cameras (LSD2000128G-BNNNU)


By @JGWatkins

 

 

What you said indicates the card reader itself could be the problem.

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LEGEND ,
May 04, 2024 May 04, 2024

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Will, more than a bit late now, but in the future I would advise, when "Importing" many many photos, such as when on a photoshoot , that you change your workflow to the following:

 

  1. Close any application, web browse, etc, including LrC.
  2. Outside of LrC, using Finder, copy the photos to the desired location on your hard drive.
  3. NOte that I said copy, not move. Do not trust move until after you have backups.
  4. Go have dinner, or something, this may take awhile .
  5. When the copy is finished, If your backup drive(s) are available, take an opportunity to back up those photos.
  6. When the copy and any optional backup is finished, launch LrC and select the Import button
  7. Select the ADD option, and make any desired changes to Previews, Presets, Metadata, keywords, and Naming
  8. Be aware that applying any Presets, and any Previews other than minimal will slow this down.
  9. Select the desired photos  and Import them.
  10. If you are selecting any previews, or presets, you may want to go and busy yourself with something away from the computer.

 

  • This will get your photos on to your hard drive a lot quicker than Importing in LrC via Copy or Copy as DNG
  • If you select Minimal presets, that well help at this Import stage, but will slow you down at the Develop stage.

 

 

 

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