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Lightroom Classic catalog Migration Conundrum

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Aug 17, 2020

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I am having great difficulty Migrating my LRC catalog from my iMac to my new PC. I am a working Professional and we store our 200K photographs on our companies Server, the LRC catalog up to this point has been on a Mac. I am now using a PC,  Windows 10 in case anyone wonders, Also using the latest version of Lightroom.  We moved the lcat file and all the previews over to the PC friday and started LRC from that lcat and it opened but everytrhing looked different, questionmarks and all sorts of mayhem. Now both the iMac and the PC are looking at the same directory path they just look at them differnetly or they look through differently, Mac & PC. We are desperatly hoping there is a magic cure for this as we dont want to recatalog all 200K photos on the PC as we have alot of color coding and setting over the past 5 years using the Mac. If anyone has a few helpful tips, we'd sure appreciate it.

 

Again, we're moving a LRC catalog from a Mac to a PC

We have a company server that houses all 200K photographs.

Both the iMac and the new PC are looking at the same directory. 

When the iMac exported Lcat file is opened in the PC its not correct and sees nothing. 

 

This is How iMac sees server

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Same directory as PC sees it

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This is how Imac LRC views dierectory

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 11.07.01 AM.png

This is how PC views same directory after migration of same catalog

Annotation 2020-08-14 111350.png

 

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Lightroom Classic catalog Migration Conundrum

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I am having great difficulty Migrating my LRC catalog from my iMac to my new PC. I am a working Professional and we store our 200K photographs on our companies Server, the LRC catalog up to this point has been on a Mac. I am now using a PC,  Windows 10 in case anyone wonders, Also using the latest version of Lightroom.  We moved the lcat file and all the previews over to the PC friday and started LRC from that lcat and it opened but everytrhing looked different, questionmarks and all sorts of mayhem. Now both the iMac and the PC are looking at the same directory path they just look at them differnetly or they look through differently, Mac & PC. We are desperatly hoping there is a magic cure for this as we dont want to recatalog all 200K photos on the PC as we have alot of color coding and setting over the past 5 years using the Mac. If anyone has a few helpful tips, we'd sure appreciate it.

 

Again, we're moving a LRC catalog from a Mac to a PC

We have a company server that houses all 200K photographs.

Both the iMac and the new PC are looking at the same directory. 

When the iMac exported Lcat file is opened in the PC its not correct and sees nothing. 

 

This is How iMac sees server

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 11.17.46 AM.png

Same directory as PC sees it

Annotation 2020-08-17 100129.png

This is how Imac LRC views dierectory

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 11.07.01 AM.png

This is how PC views same directory after migration of same catalog

Annotation 2020-08-14 111350.png

 

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LEGEND ,
Aug 17, 2020

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You have to point Lightroom Classic on your PC to the M: drive. The instructions are here (see Figure 4 and related text): http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

 

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Thanks for your response. We tried all that, the problem is when we click on any one item and (re-sync) All the others disappear.  

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LEGEND ,
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If you followed the instructions, yes of course the folders MOVE (not disappear). Why? Because you told Lightroom the folder are now on a different drive.

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LEGEND ,
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At this point, see: http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

and pay attention to part 2.

 

Following are links, appopriate to reading before the move:

 

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/how-move-lightroom-to-new-computer/

 

https://lightroomkillertips.com/pointing-lightroom-classic-new-drive/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T2wCK9jDd4

 

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
Learn How to Move Lightroom from one computer to another. Stop by my website for more Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography tutorials and tips: www.mattk.com...

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I appreciate all the love but i thnk the real issue is, we're changing platforms!  Mac to PC  We've changed computers before. Mac to Mac and never had an issue, Mac to PC is another animal. Hopefully this helps. 

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LEGEND ,
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Sorry, but MAC to PC is doable. Start over, copy photos and catalog from the MAC again. Follow these instructions exactly as written: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/how-move-lightroom-to-new-computer/ or https://www.lightroomqueen.com/moving-lightroom-free-ebook/

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Aug 18, 2020

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Changing platforms is not different from changing computers, except that MacOS and Windows look at the same directory path in different ways. The Mac uses a disk name, the PC uses a drive letter. That means that you have to 'reconnect' the image folders (like the links explain), even though you did not change the directory path. And that means you will see the folders 'jump' from the 'old' (shown as disconnected) drive to the 'new' one when you reconnect the folders.

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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