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Lightroom - keep original file on local drive as well as cloud

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Jan 08, 2024 Jan 08, 2024

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Hi. I'm trying to keep original files on both the cloud and local using Lightroom. That way I have two sets of images in case of problems with one or the other, backup. According to the Adobe Lightroom Common Questions it is possible. See screenshot. However, the 'sync icon' referrerd to does not appear on my images. I am in square grid view as stipulated. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Other than sync via LRC. It's not recommended by Adobe and I would also have to learn LRC as well as LR. Thanks in anticipation.Screenshot 2024-01-08 at 21.04.53.png

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Community Expert , Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

That's either an old document, or it's one that hasn't been updated. That "sync icon" on individual thumbnails was removed a version or two ago. You still have the option to store all the images of a specific album locally (right-click on the album name in the Albums list and click on "Make Album Available Offline"). But if you really want a copy of ALL your images stored locally you can do that simply by changing the Lightroom Preferences>Cache tab and enabling the option to "Store a copy of al

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That's either an old document, or it's one that hasn't been updated. That "sync icon" on individual thumbnails was removed a version or two ago. You still have the option to store all the images of a specific album locally (right-click on the album name in the Albums list and click on "Make Album Available Offline"). But if you really want a copy of ALL your images stored locally you can do that simply by changing the Lightroom Preferences>Cache tab and enabling the option to "Store a copy of all originals" (but make sure you have the "Storage location for originals" set to a folder on a volume that has sufficient space to house a copy of all the originals that you have in the cloud). 

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Hi Jim. Thank you, much appreciated. I'm new to Lightroom and don't have any images imported yet. Planning the workflow and backup. All of my current images are on an external drive and can me processed from local. I needed to understand how to move new images from cloud to local. Problem solved. Thanks again.

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