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Due to technical issues, I have only one copy of many of my images - on my laptop hard drive. I want to copy these onto 2 separate external hard drives (and ultimately remove them from my laptop). I do not want to risk losing the images completely by moving them without first copying them. What is the best way of doing this in lightroom please?

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Copying files in lightroom

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Due to technical issues, I have only one copy of many of my images - on my laptop hard drive. I want to copy these onto 2 separate external hard drives (and ultimately remove them from my laptop). I do not want to risk losing the images completely by moving them without first copying them. What is the best way of doing this in lightroom please?

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Hi Pennicottlane,

 

Good idea to do this while you're not having issues.

 

Here's a very good video of what that intails. Let me know if you have any other questions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9B0lq6GJZc

Adobe Evangelist Terry White is here to show you how to safely move your photos to another hard drive in Lightroom Classic CC. This method will always ensure...

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It isn't really necessary to use Lightroom for this purpose. You can simply use your file browser (Finder on the Mac or File Explorer on Windows) as a simple method of doing this. Or, you can utilize backup software that would do it for you automatically.

 

There is an option in Lightroom in the import process that will allow you to store a second copy in another location. That second copy is not part of your Lightroom process, But it would enable you to send the second copy to that external hard drive. There is not an option to send the third copy, however 

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Hi Pennicottlane,

 

If the images are not in your catalog than yes, you can simply do this in the finder. However, since you mentioned you wanted to do this in Lightroom I assumed that the images were IN your catalog. If they are in your catalog, you do need to do this in LR or you'll have to go through the process of "finding" the image in Lightroom to show LR where they are. 

 

If you have questions on this, please ask otherwise you will be giving yourself some unnecessary extra grief time. 

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It's possible to copy images to an external hard drive even if they are in Lightroom. The copy process using Finder or File Explorer will have no effect on the catalog, nor will they have any effect on the images in their present location. The copy process will simply create a copy of the images on the external hard drive, basically the same as what would happen if using a software such as Time Machine.

 

We are not talking about moving images. I read the inquiry as making copies of images. However, if the OP really wants to ultimately move the images, then following the procedure under part two in this link will really help. (I went back and read the initial question again). Follow this procedure after copying all the images to the external drive.

http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm 

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There is no way to COPY files to another disk in Lightroom Classic.

 

The only option in Lightroom Classic is to MOVE files.

 

So this COPYing of files to two different external HDs can only be done in your operating system.

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Hi DJ,

 

I used to think that as well but the video I linked ti, Terry White shoes how it CAN be done. Check it out.

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LEGEND ,
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Mr. White is talking about doing a MOVE. He consistently uses the word MOVE. He does not show how to do a COPY. He does not use the word COPY in the video.

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Hi DJ,

 

He doesn't say he is making a backup of the images (which would be only the Copy), and the vast majority of time people want to get their images OFF of their main drive because they are taking too much space, I did assume that that was his intent. If all he wants to do is to have a copy of the images, without any of the keywords that he's added, any of the corrections that he's corrected, any of the functionality of what he's done in lightroom on these images that he's copying to a 2nd drive, than sure, that can be done in the Finder/Explorer. But if he does want to make room on his main hard drive, and have access to all of the work he's done in Lightroom, he will find it best be done via moving them.

 

If he's going to do just a copy, he best be advised of what the ramifications of such an action are. 

 

HTH of why I suggested what I did. 

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The OP didn't use the word backup, but essentially that is what copying the photos to 2 external hard disks is, a backup of those photos. Backups (or copies) of the photo files don't need keywords or edits, those are in the Lightroom Catalog. (The catalog file also must be backed up somehow, but that doesn't seem to be the question at hand)

 

So what ramifications are you talking about?

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