Hi all! I was wondering if one of you could help me out. I recently took a job as a full-time photographer. I bought two new hard drives strictly for images I take for work. So when I want to edit work photos or download a memory card of photos I took that day at work, I plug that hard drive in. What I want to work on my personal stuff, I plug in my personal drive.
Here's my question, I have a bunch of photos on my personal hard drive that I would like to move to the new hard drive that I use for work. What is the safest, best way to do this? I really appreciate any help you can provide.
Are you using two different catalogs too? In that case you do not only want to move the photos to the other drive, you also want to move them to the other catalog. The easiest way to do that is as follows. In the personal catalog, select the photos and export them 'as original'. That will export the photos with their edits. If they are raw files the edits will be in a separate .xmp sidecar file, if they are tiff/jpeg then the edits are in the metadata header of the file. Move the exported files to the work drive and then import them in the work catalog.
There is no step of importing of existing photos that are already in your Lightroom Classic catalog in the process of moving photos to a new folder or new disk. DO NOT IMPORT. DO NOT IMPORT. DO NOT IMPORT.