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Moving bulk files from old externals to new larger external drives

Community Beginner ,
Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Ok, I have purchased a couple of new larger hard drives and I would like to know the best method to move my images from the old drives to the new. The move will contain 100,000 plus raw images so it will take a while. My idea was to just use Carbon Copy Cloner and then point lightroom at the parent folder in the new drive. Does this sound like the best way?

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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To me, this sounds like a plan. Make sure to not change anything below the top parent folder.

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Great! Thanks!

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The thread below popped up when I posted and it seems I was on the right track. ie; As long as your file structures are mirrored and you have a 'Master' or 'Parent' folder, everything (collections, tags, adjustents, etc) should transfer over fine when you - 'Update Folder Location' on the Parent folder. I was thinking of just moving the folder through LR as its on a single catalog but its way too big and would take forever compared to copying the old drive in CCC. Plus I read somewhere a while back that LR doesnt always do a bulk move that

well.  https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro-discussions/transferring-3-external-drives-to-1-big-exte...

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Correct, everything will move on after you update the top parent folder location.

Personally, I never had any issue with file manipulations in LrC. However, for this big move, I'd also use the OS or special tools and update LrC subsequently with 'Update Folder Location'.

 

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