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Move the LR Classic catalog from one internal drive (SATA) to the system drive (SSD).

Mar 10, 2020

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Under the assumption that average access time for an SSD drive is faster than an SATA drive, I would like to move my LR Classic catalogue from my (internal) SATA drive to the SSD drive (which is the system drive).  What is the best way to go about doing that while keeping the photos in the same location on the SATA drive?

You copy the catalog from one disk to another, using your operating system. You COPY it into a brand new empty folder. Then you double-click on it to open it.

 

The SSD should result in speedier performance in the Library Module. The rest of Lightroom probably won't see a speed difference.

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Move the LR Classic catalog from one internal drive (SATA) to the system drive (SSD).

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Under the assumption that average access time for an SSD drive is faster than an SATA drive, I would like to move my LR Classic catalogue from my (internal) SATA drive to the SSD drive (which is the system drive).  What is the best way to go about doing that while keeping the photos in the same location on the SATA drive?

You copy the catalog from one disk to another, using your operating system. You COPY it into a brand new empty folder. Then you double-click on it to open it.

 

The SSD should result in speedier performance in the Library Module. The rest of Lightroom probably won't see a speed difference.

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You copy the catalog from one disk to another, using your operating system. You COPY it into a brand new empty folder. Then you double-click on it to open it.

 

The SSD should result in speedier performance in the Library Module. The rest of Lightroom probably won't see a speed difference.

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Thanks!  I guess I was over-thinking it and (incorrectly) assumed that since the catalog and images are currently on the same drive, if I moved the catalog to a different drive then LR would still look for the images on the same drive as the catalog.  Based on your answer, it seems that the catalog must contain the full path (including drive letter) for each image.

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Mar 24, 2020

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A follow-up question:  do the following sub-folders of the folder where the catalog lives (“Lightroom Settings”, (catalog name)Helper.lrdata, (catalog name)Previews.lrdata, (catalog name)Sync.lrdata, & Mobile Downloads.lrdata) have to be moved to the new drive as well?  I left out the Previews sub-folder since they can always be regenerated.

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Those preview folders should be regenerated as needed. Other folders, I don't know.

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Mar 25, 2020

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Yes, the catalog usually contains the full path names to the image files. If Windows changes the drive letter on you, you can use the OS disk tools to change it back, use that tool to change the drive letter to something bigger (L-Y) so that Windows does not change it on you any more.
 
The previews.LrData folder does get recreated as needed if you do not copy it. All the other LrData folders should be copied with the catalog.

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Thanks!! 🙂

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