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Help with external drive saving original copies

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Mar 23, 2024 Mar 23, 2024

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Hi,

I work from several Desktop machines. On my main Windows machine in the office I have set preference to creat local copy of original onto external 8TB drive. (This works fine).

I also work in the field with a laptopn and an Apple machine in the office and another Windows PC at home.

How do I manage the other machines wanting to copy the files onto the external drive when the drive letter will vary depending how many internal drives are on the various machines?

I don't have an issue with getting images to the cloud and editing them and then opening from another machine. It is just the issue where the other machines find the drive is not available (which is ok when in the field but when I get home and plug in the external drive, it has a different drive letter). In this case, won't the images saved locally build up on those machines that cannot move them to the correct drive?

Would I be best to switch off the save local copy in preferences each time I open LR on one of the other machines and then only turn it back on when at my main machine with correct path to external drive?

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Mar 23, 2024 Mar 23, 2024

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You might rename the external Drive LETTER to another character further along the alphabet. The result being that the drive will always appear with the same letter in any PC and when plugged in any order.

For example- You might use P:  for the drive name - the drive will always be P:drive.

Adobe Help Page-   DRIVE RENAME

Microsoft Help page- DRIVE LETTER CHANGE RENAME | Microsoft Docs

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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