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Editing off of external hard drive on Lightroom CC

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Nov 07, 2022 Nov 07, 2022

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Is there a way to not import or "add" photos in lightroom cc (and onto laptop) and edit off of external hard drive? I don't like to actually add an entire photo session to my laptop because it can barely hold it.

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Community Expert , Nov 07, 2022 Nov 07, 2022

No, that is not how Lightroom works. Lightroom Classic can add images to its catalog without copying or moving them however, so Lightroom Classic can work with images that are stored on an external drive.

 

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Nov 07, 2022 Nov 07, 2022

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No, that is not how Lightroom works. Lightroom Classic can add images to its catalog without copying or moving them however, so Lightroom Classic can work with images that are stored on an external drive.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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The images are actually uploaded to a cloud server and stored there. They only temporarily are stored on the laptop hard drive while the upload is syncing. You can remove the photos from the laptop after the sync is complete. This might help with storage space. If you really want to edit images stored on an external drive you need Lightroom Classic, not Lightroom.

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Alternatively, simply change the location of the imported originals from the default (on the laptop) to the external drive. Then import as normal, but now the imports are stored on the external drive and not on the laptop and are still uploaded to the cloud. Initially the local copy on the external drive would be used for editing, and you could make that a more or less permanent thing by enabling the option to "Store a copy of all originals locally". Then provided the external drive remains connected, Lightroom will load the local copy of originals for editing, rather than download them from the cloud.

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