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renaming files makes a RAW copy to my hard drive????

New Here ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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I store on my photos on an externaal hard drive.  When I'm in Lightroom library, when i use the rename file option, it creates a new file on my external hard drive with the new name.  Lightroom "experts" tell me this is impossible and my LR is messed up.  I don't want a second copy of the raw file on my external hard drive.  Is this possible to correct?

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Can you provide an example of what you are renaming the file to?

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Here are my steps (files already imported into LR):   1) highlight the photo 2) go to library in top menu 3) scroll down to rename photo 4) pick my file naming option / write custom text 5) click ok 6) it creates a copy on my external hard drive with the new name

 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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From this screen capture, how can we tell this is a new file, a copy of the original? How do you know it is not the renamed file?

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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You know what?  Thank you for that reply .... You're right, that is the original file with the new name.  I went back and looked and realized exactly what you were saying.  I just assumed it was a new file, I didn't look back to see if the old file was still there.  DUH.  I feel so silly.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Are you importing photos when this happens?

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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no the files are already imported into my lr catalog

 

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