Destination Folder Not Available

Explorer ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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When I attempt to import photos from a sdhd card to the folder on external drive where I keep my photos I get the message-

The destination folder /Volumes/XDrive4gb/Photos/LRCC  is not available. Using Pictures folder instead.

Only the folder IS available. Its icon is on the desktop and it is listed as a drive on the left hand of the LRCC page. The drive is only 20% full.

And- there is no choice but to click the "ok" button or force quit the program. I do not want mulitiple locations for my photos, as it has cost me hours of work and problems in the past.

Anyone encountered and conquered this problem.

Thanks,

Charles

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Explorer , Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017
Found the answer! Folder was renamed. On to the next 2 Adobe problems.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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Is the disk plugged in properly? Can you access it via your operating system? Is the disk asleep?

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Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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Thanks, yes the disk is recognised by Sierra and is useable, not asleep. I

can open files using other programs.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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I can open files using other programs.

I guess I should have used more precise wording in my first message. Opening files is not the issue. Lightroom is trying to WRITE photos to this location, not open photos in this location. Can other programs WRITE photos to this location?

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Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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Yes. I can write files to this drive. I note that I must authenticate the

files.

Charles

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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DworkNarth03  wrote

Yes. I can write files to this drive. I note that I must authenticate the

files.

Charles

I don't know what "authenticate the files" means. Also, I need to be extremely picky here, writing to the drive is not the issue. Can you write to the folder in question?

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Explorer ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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Authenticate being Apple talk for needing to use my Apple password to make

changes to the folder. it is probably not pertinent to the problem, but

maybe worth mentioning.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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I'm not an Apple user, so I don't know, but this could be the problem. At this point, we need someone who knows more about Macs than I do, so I think someone else needs to jump in here.

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Explorer ,
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Thanks

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LEGEND ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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I don't know why you need this authentication, but can you try turning it off to see if Lightroom can now write to this folder?

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Found the answer! Folder was renamed. On to the next 2 Adobe problems.

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Oct 28, 2017 Oct 28, 2017

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How do you fix this? I am having the same issue.

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Participant ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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I was having the same problem until I cleared the file path at the bottom of the drop down menu of previous import destinations. The I chose my assignments folder again and it works fine now.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2018 Mar 10, 2018

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Agree with Sanpanza.  I had this same problem but fixed it by choosing "Clear recent paths".

To do this:  From the Import window, in the upper right corner of the window you will see a right arrow in the "TO" section. Click the arrow.  A dialogue box will open. You will see the option to "Clear recent paths".  Once you clear the paths you will need to do another import before the error goes way.

Bam! fixed.  Thanks Sanpanza!!

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Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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I am having the same issue, the arrow in the Import window mentioned above, does not open a dialog box in my experience to clear the recent paths used, any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

Screen Shot 2021-03-05 at 8.53.16 AM.png

System: MacMini 2018, macOS 11.1 Big Sur LrC 13.1.1 Adobe suite 2021

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Participant ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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The arrow became a window when I clicked Copy instead of Add, then I was able to change the destination of the import.

System: MacMini 2018, macOS 11.1 Big Sur LrC 13.1.1 Adobe suite 2021

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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At “the german”, that is as expected when you select the Add option there is no opinion to select a destination folder, the original file will remain where it is located it is simply imported to the Catalog.

When you use copy or move options you have to input the destination.

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.2.3, LrC 10.2, Lr 4.1, Ps 22.3, Pr 14.8.0; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Participant ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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What's interesting @DdeGannes  is that the old location was not available, and it wanted to default to Pictures.  Is there an instruction somewhere on the proper way to migrate a catalog to a new location? Thank you.

System: MacMini 2018, macOS 11.1 Big Sur LrC 13.1.1 Adobe suite 2021

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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Ok, so Lightroom will sort of work by "memory" if you import from the camera SD card to a specific folder and complete the operation then the next time to attempt to do a similar import function it should return you to the same setup. However, if you change that process and select an alternate destination for instance for a special project so guess what, the next time you return to do a similar transaction the alternate destination will be selected.

A new feature was added in LrC 9.4 to the import process which can help in managing your imports.

Screenshot 2021-03-05 at 7.58.48 PM.png  

It's also good to be fully aware of how the LrC Catalog functions.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-catalogs-top-10-misunderstandings/ 

 

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.2.3, LrC 10.2, Lr 4.1, Ps 22.3, Pr 14.8.0; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

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Thank you, this was very helpful!

System: MacMini 2018, macOS 11.1 Big Sur LrC 13.1.1 Adobe suite 2021

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