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Nov 30, 2016

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I keep getting this issue when trying to import my images into Lightroom. The message comes up as "the following files were not imported because they could not be read or the destination folder is not writable. I moved my images from my memory card to my hard drive and it still will not work. Someone please help me!

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If you used the File Manager program for your OS to Copy the images from the memory card to a folder on your computer then you should use the Add Option at the top of the Import dialog window. The problem you are having is because the folder you have selected in the Destination area does not have Write permissions for your user name. Even if you copied the images from your memory card to a folder on your drive but then still selected Copy or Move in the Import dialog the Destination folder you have selected doesn't have Write permissions for your user name. Fix that and you will be fine. Or change the Destination to a folder that your user name does have write permissions for.

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Lightroom Destination Folder not Writable

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I keep getting this issue when trying to import my images into Lightroom. The message comes up as "the following files were not imported because they could not be read or the destination folder is not writable. I moved my images from my memory card to my hard drive and it still will not work. Someone please help me!

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Please explain what is Not Working.

If you used the File Manager program for your OS to Copy the images from the memory card to a folder on your computer then you should use the Add Option at the top of the Import dialog window. The problem you are having is because the folder you have selected in the Destination area does not have Write permissions for your user name. Even if you copied the images from your memory card to a folder on your drive but then still selected Copy or Move in the Import dialog the Destination folder you have selected doesn't have Write permissions for your user name. Fix that and you will be fine. Or change the Destination to a folder that your user name does have write permissions for.

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Moving to Photoshop Lightroom

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If you are trying to move those images to a different folder on your hard drive or another hard drive, you need to check the properties for that drive and folder to make sure you have both read and write capability.

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Please explain what is Not Working.

If you used the File Manager program for your OS to Copy the images from the memory card to a folder on your computer then you should use the Add Option at the top of the Import dialog window. The problem you are having is because the folder you have selected in the Destination area does not have Write permissions for your user name. Even if you copied the images from your memory card to a folder on your drive but then still selected Copy or Move in the Import dialog the Destination folder you have selected doesn't have Write permissions for your user name. Fix that and you will be fine. Or change the Destination to a folder that your user name does have write permissions for.

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May 15, 2017

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i dont understand! please help. i keep getting this message when trying to import "Can not move a file to destination folder because it si not writable"

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May 15, 2017

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Your Username does not have the proper permissions on the folder you have selected as the Destination. Either change the permissions on that folder to include your username, and give it full control and or Read & Write permissions (Windows Mac respectively), or select a different folder that your username can write to.

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Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2017

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can u help me step by step please im so confsued

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LEGEND ,
May 15, 2017

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Please go to the Import dialog box and see what folder is chosen under Destination

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Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2017

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i dont see anything that reads destination

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LEGEND ,
May 15, 2017

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its on the right hand side of the Import dialog box

if it's not there, click on Copy

If it still doesn't show up, right click on the words File Handling and select Destination

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Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2017

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i see it! Its on Macintosh

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Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2017

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omg i figured it out!!! thanks so much

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So mine is on Macintos. What do I do now to change it to my extrernal hard drive. Please answer ASAP

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LEGEND ,
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https://forums.adobe.com/people/karim+s  wrote

So mine is on Macintos. What do I do now to change it to my extrernal hard drive. Please answer ASAP

If you have the same problem, there are a number of solutions already given in this thread, please try them.

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you genius, just had this problem and this worked perfectly! thank you 😄 

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Feb 13, 2017

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I had the same problem.  Check the destination folder on the top right of your screen.  Mine was copying from a card, and trying to move it to the same card (doh).  As soon as I changed the destination to my user/pic folder, all went swimmingly.

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May 15, 2017

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@cannywolf Hi! please please help me! Im having the same exact problem but i cant seem to fix it! ive searched everywhere online! Everytime i try to import photos it says "can not move a file to destination folder because it is not writeable" please help me fix this! I always import and never have had problems, ever since i got a new memory card its been doing this! please help asap

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LEGEND ,
May 15, 2017

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It means you don't have write permission to the destination folder (or it is somehow otherwise locked).

What is the Destination folder you are using in Lightroom? Please go to the Import dialog box and see what folder is chosen under Destination, and then also what the permissions are set at for this folder.

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Community Beginner ,
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can u help me step by step pleasE?

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