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external drive full of photos died - how do I point lr to the backup?

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May 11, 2020

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I have a large LR catalog with recent photos on my internal drive, and then older photos on 3 external drives.  One of the drives appears to be dead (no power even with a different power cable).  I have a backup, so this is not a tragedy. 

 

How do I proceed?  Can I point LR to the backup volume for those photos (all 33k photos)?  Do I create a new folder within LR that points to the backup volume?  Do I have to remove the dead volume from my library and add the backup volume into the library? 

 

This is defintiely soemthing I want to do properly and only 1 time.

 

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Just simply point LR to the backup drive in the Folders panel. Relocate the top-most folder and LR will auto-update everything under that folder.

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

 

Of course, you also need to replace the backup drive as soon as possible since you now no longer have a backup.

 

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external drive full of photos died - how do I point lr to the backup?

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I have a large LR catalog with recent photos on my internal drive, and then older photos on 3 external drives.  One of the drives appears to be dead (no power even with a different power cable).  I have a backup, so this is not a tragedy. 

 

How do I proceed?  Can I point LR to the backup volume for those photos (all 33k photos)?  Do I create a new folder within LR that points to the backup volume?  Do I have to remove the dead volume from my library and add the backup volume into the library? 

 

This is defintiely soemthing I want to do properly and only 1 time.

 

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Correct answer by ManiacJoe | Adobe Community Professional

Just simply point LR to the backup drive in the Folders panel. Relocate the top-most folder and LR will auto-update everything under that folder.

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

 

Of course, you also need to replace the backup drive as soon as possible since you now no longer have a backup.

 

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Just simply point LR to the backup drive in the Folders panel. Relocate the top-most folder and LR will auto-update everything under that folder.

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

 

Of course, you also need to replace the backup drive as soon as possible since you now no longer have a backup.

 

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Perfect!  I'm back in business.  And I waited until I had the new backup drive in hand before pointing to LR to the backup.

 

thanks!

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