I really would like to reduce the number of catalogs I have. I have gone through several PC's and now am on a Mac Book. I have been using LR since about version 2. My catalogs and pictures are on external hard drives. When I loaded LR onto the Mac, I think I created another catalog. I have a mess that I would like to clean up but have no idea where to start. Broken links galore, and just a mess.
My general approach to this would be the following.
- For each catalog on the external drives, correct the broken folder links using the Folders panel.
- If you want to consolidate the multiple catalogs into a single master catalog, copy one of the catalogs to your local drive, giving it a meaningful name. Then use the "import from catalog" command to merge all the other catalogs into it.
All that being said, I would evaluate each catalog to see if I wanted to keep it separate or not.
All this is 50,000 foot hand waving. We need lots more details from you before giving any meaningful advice.