Single Lightroom catalog that can be accessible by Lightroom (Windows) and Lightroom (Mac)

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Currently, I have Lightroom running on a iMac and a smaller MacBook Air.  The catalog is on a portable drive that I can take around with me while traveling with the MacBook Air.  However, the MacBook Air is nearing it's end of life and I want to start using my PC laptop for traveling.  I know I can install Lightroom/Photoshop CC on my PC laptop, but I need to know what to do so that the PC laptop and the iMac recognize the portable drive where the catalog resides.  Any guidance would be appreciated.

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LEGEND , May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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Use relative paths (if possible).

 

See the LAST message in this thread: https://feedback.photoshop.com/conversations/lightroom-classic/lightroom-ability-to-use-relative-pat...

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Oh yeah, one more tidbit.  When I plug the portable drive into the Windows laptop, it is not recognized at all.  I'm guessing there's a formatting conflict, but I don't know what it is or what I would have to do to reformat the drive so that it is recognizable by both Windows and Mac OS

 

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"When I plug the portable drive into the Windows laptop, it is not recognized at all."

 

Format the drive with Mac OS Disk Utility choosing ExFat:

https://support.apple.com/guide/disk-utility/format-a-disk-for-windows-computers-dskutl1010/mac 

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