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New Here ,
May 24, 2020

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Dear all, 

 

I have ended up with two catalogs for the same photos. Am I ok just to merge the older one with the new one? 

What would the best settings be? 

I have made some changes in the new catalog. 

 

The catalogs are on my mac and my photos are on a hard drive. 

 

Lightroom Classic 9.2.1 

Mac - Catalina 

 

 

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2 catalogs for the same photos

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Dear all, 

 

I have ended up with two catalogs for the same photos. Am I ok just to merge the older one with the new one? 

What would the best settings be? 

I have made some changes in the new catalog. 

 

The catalogs are on my mac and my photos are on a hard drive. 

 

Lightroom Classic 9.2.1 

Mac - Catalina 

 

 

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LEGEND ,
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"I have ended up with two catalogs for the same photos. Am I ok just to merge the older one with the new one?"

 

Honestly, we don't know. No one across the internet knows the answer. You, while you are sitting at your computer, have to examine the catalog and determine what the differences are (which we can't possibly do) and then make a decision.

 

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May 24, 2020

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What is the potential damage I could do if I merged them? 

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None, if you make backups first.

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Yep I have made back ups. 


 

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May 24, 2020

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My thinking is that if they are the same photos, and you have made changes in the one catalog, where is the need to merge the catalogs? Just forget about the other one. Nothing has been done to the images. Just use the catalog that has the latest changes.

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May 25, 2020

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That is very tru Jim. 

the original photos are still in the same folder. I have not changed or moved those. 

please let me know if this is correct: the catalog is a way to look at and work on the photos that are on my external drive? 

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LEGEND ,
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"please let me know if this is correct: the catalog is a way to look at and work on the photos that are on my external drive?"


is it true? Yes and No.

 

Yes, catalog allows you to work on photos that are on your external drive

 

No, the same catalog allows you to work on photos that are on any other connected drive, internal or network

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May 25, 2020

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Lightroom Classic is installed on my system drive. I have my images scattered on two other internal hard drives and two other external hard drives. Lightroom Classic manages them all "as if" they were all on a single hard drive. It is totally effortless to switch from one folder to another regardless of which drive that folder is on.

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