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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020

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I've just discovered that I 'Added' rather than 'Copied' my last few imports from an SD card to Lightroom. There are now around 800 images in LR that I can only access when the SD card is inserted into my Mac. 

 

Usually my imported photos are saved onto my external hard drive. Preview images appear in LR when my SD card is not inserted, but I am unable to edit the images in Develop mode without inserting the SD card.

 

I just wondered if there is an easy way to move them to my external hard drive without having to re-import them (as I've already edited some of the photos)?

 

Many thanks in advance.

Using your operating system, copy the photos from the SD card to some folder you want them to be in on the hard disk. Then point Lightroom Classic to the that new folder using the Update Folder Location Command. (http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm) No importing needed, in fact importing is the wrong thing to do here.

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Imported photos only show in previews

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I've just discovered that I 'Added' rather than 'Copied' my last few imports from an SD card to Lightroom. There are now around 800 images in LR that I can only access when the SD card is inserted into my Mac. 

 

Usually my imported photos are saved onto my external hard drive. Preview images appear in LR when my SD card is not inserted, but I am unable to edit the images in Develop mode without inserting the SD card.

 

I just wondered if there is an easy way to move them to my external hard drive without having to re-import them (as I've already edited some of the photos)?

 

Many thanks in advance.

Using your operating system, copy the photos from the SD card to some folder you want them to be in on the hard disk. Then point Lightroom Classic to the that new folder using the Update Folder Location Command. (http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm) No importing needed, in fact importing is the wrong thing to do here.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 19, 2020

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In Lightroom Classic, with the SD card inserted, Move them to another folder in the Folders Panel.

 

https://laurashoe.com/2011/11/09/reorganize-your-photos-and-folders-using-lightroom-folders-panel/

 

Just another Adobe customer; My Sys; APP: LRC 9.4, PS 21.2.1; CMP: WIN WS 16GB OS 10 v1909 (18363), mid 2015 MBPr 15” 16GB MACOS 10.15.6; 4K EXT DSPY; CAM: Canon 5D Mk III, Fuji X-T3

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LEGEND ,
Jun 19, 2020

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P.S.

 

This does not sound possible. LrC should have not allowed an ADD via an SD card. Not sure how you did that using the normal Import dialog within LrC.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 20, 2020

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Thank you so much for your response, I have no idea how I managed, but happy to say that with yours and another posters response all photos have now been relinked! Really appreciate your all your help.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 20, 2020

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And no longer on the SD card?

On a proper hard drive?

 

Just another Adobe customer; My Sys; APP: LRC 9.4, PS 21.2.1; CMP: WIN WS 16GB OS 10 v1909 (18363), mid 2015 MBPr 15” 16GB MACOS 10.15.6; 4K EXT DSPY; CAM: Canon 5D Mk III, Fuji X-T3

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LEGEND ,
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Using your operating system, copy the photos from the SD card to some folder you want them to be in on the hard disk. Then point Lightroom Classic to the that new folder using the Update Folder Location Command. (http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm) No importing needed, in fact importing is the wrong thing to do here.

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Thank you so much for your advice... it worked, all photos have now been relinked, phew!

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LEGEND ,
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That's good to hear!

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