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Lightroom originals taking too much space?

New Here ,
Jul 28, 2020 Jul 28, 2020

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Hi,

 

I am currently on vacation and importing quite a few pictures to Lightroom. I don't have a lot of space left on the hard drive of this laptop, so I set the photo cache size to 10% of available space. According to Lightroom, I have 17.81 GB available. It shows the following:

Required space: 660.04 MB

Photo Cache: 1.72 GB

Store a copy of smart previews: off

Store a copy of originals: off

 

Now the problem: all photos are synched and backed up. Still: the folder C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Adobe\Lightroom CC\Data\  contains 15.7 GB, most of which (13.2 GB) is in the "originals" folder. Lightroom doesn't count this when calculating the available space (see above), so I actually have very little space available and Lightroom as well as other programs start complaining that the hard drive is full. I have already freed up a few GB by deleting other files, but every time I import photos it gets worse. Why does Lightroom use >13 GB of cache when I only allow it to use 1.7 GB and all photos are synched to the cloud?

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LEGEND ,
Jul 28, 2020 Jul 28, 2020

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If all you have free on your hard drive is just under 18 GB then your hard drive is essentially full. A hard drive needs to have at least 20% of its total disk space free at all times in order to function properly.

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Jul 28, 2020 Jul 28, 2020

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Thanks, but I already knew that. Do you have an answer to my question also?

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LEGEND ,
Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Do you have Lightroom configured to save a local copy of your images?

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Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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No, I don't. That's what I thought at first, but that would be much more ( I think I have around 150 GB of originals in the cloud). I think only the recently added photos remain on the hard disk. But I would expect anything over the set cache size to be deleted as soon as it's synched...?

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LEGEND ,
Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Sorry, I'm primarily a LrC user. Keep watching, someone will have an answer for you.

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New Here ,
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Ok, thanks anyway.

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Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Being as you are on vacation, have any of the recently imported photos synced to the Cloud?

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New Here ,
Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Yes, all of them have.

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New Here ,
Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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Seems like no one has an answer to this? Is it just a bug?

Can I at least just empty the "originals" folder, or will this cause trouble in some way? Note: everything is "synched and backed up"

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

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The best would be to buy an external drive.  Then define that drive as the storage location for your originals. PREFERENCES => LOCAL STORAGE =>  STORE A COPY OF ALL ORIGINALS => BROWSE   

Quit R and restart it.  Your originals will be saved to the new external drive

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