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link LR catalogue to backup hard drive

New Here ,
Mar 16, 2020

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Hi all, I would like to know how to access the Lightroom data on my back up hard drive. My main hard drive has failed, I have backed up the catalogue and I have backed up the photos on another hard drive. What is the process of activating the backup HD?  Many thanks in advance. Ian

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link LR catalogue to backup hard drive

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Hi all, I would like to know how to access the Lightroom data on my back up hard drive. My main hard drive has failed, I have backed up the catalogue and I have backed up the photos on another hard drive. What is the process of activating the backup HD?  Many thanks in advance. Ian

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Open the catalog file, then follow the instructions from Figure 4 of this document: http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

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Thank you for the link! Looks like I'll have to use the find folder function because I didn't make an exact cloned copy. If I had a cloned back up, would LR recognise all the photos straight away?

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LEGEND ,
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If the folder hierarchy was identical, just on a different disk, then Figure 4 is the only step needed, and every folder gets reconnected.

 

Making backups that are not exact identical cloned copies of the originals is not recommended, for the reasons you now encounter.

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Thank you, it all makes sense. I'll make a clone in future.

 

Ian

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