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Moving files best practice?

Participant ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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I mistakenly had a fair number of image on an external drive that I needed to relocate.

I know that I have to do any movement within LR manager, but realized there are a few options anad wondering whihc, if any, are the best practices?

I did try moving the entire top level directly (6k+) and LR did not like that very much, so Ihave reverted to moving one directlry at a time. It seems you could do one of the following:

1. Export the images at original quality and then import them to the correct directory/volume

2. Move the images via the file manager

3. Move the images using the Finder (MacOS) and then use the "Update Folder" to redirect back in LR

 

I am currently using the file manager, but like I said, it does not like huge transfer and I am doing it one folder at a time whihc seems to work, except when my computer goes to sleep it craps out.

 

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Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Generally speaking, you will find copying many images with the file manager simply works better than moving them. Only for small numbers, e.g. a few images found to have have been misfiled, will carrying out moves within the LrC Folders panel be appropriate IMO. A bulk copy is quicker in practice but also safer in principle than a bulk move is.

 

And subsequently re-addressing one whole parent folder with all its contents, is much more efficient than having LrC readdress thousands of individual images one at a time as it transfers them each to its new storage location.

 

If you have done the copy as a bulk operation using Finder, as a Copy, the LrC Catalog will continue referring successfully to the starting images where they are. If that was done as a Move then it will not be able to continue to refer to those... no matter, either way. You can readdress the whole lot in a single go provided one key parent folder has been transferred, with identical folder structure inside. Once this readdressing is known to be successful, (if this was a copy) you can clean out the unneeded, and now un-used, images from the starting location.

 

No such bulk operation should IMO be contemplated though, unless both a separate files backup and a separate catalog backup are safely in place.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Do not import, you will loose all edits.

 

At this point, move them into proper folders, using folder structure the were originally in, the in LrC update the folder location.

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LEGEND ,
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Part 2 — Updating Folder Location from these instructions: http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

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Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Please see my suggestions at the below link concering mpving image files and folders from outside of LrC.

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic/how-do-i-move-my-pictures-to-external-hard-drive/m-...

 

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