Haven't been able to find a good answer. Please keep it simple. Thank you in advance!
This is for LR Cloud on Windows.
I would like to be able to move my catalog off the cloud onto an external hard drive. This is because I am running out of room on my cloud storage.
I also want to move my originals to the same external hard drive because I know the catalog is location dependent. And I'm running out of space on my computer hard drive.
How do I move and later be able to access the images on LR? Also, is there a way to get LR to delete the original as well?
I also want to completely avoid using cloud storage in the future. How do I do this? I'm guessing I have to switch to LR Classic to avoid using the cloud?
I have tried exporting "Original + Settings" as well as edit>preferences>local storage and set the location to the external drive as well as selected "store a copy of smart previews locally..." And "store a copy of all originals at specified location.
Lightroom Cloud has to have its files in the cloud. You can have it make an copy on a local disk automatically but that is just meant for quicker access. It won't be able to use images that are not also in the cloud so there really is no solution to your conundrum while keeping using Lightroom Cloudy. If you want to locally store and access images the solution is Lightroom Classic indeed.
I do not think it can be done, at least in terms of keeping everything.
If you involve Classic, you might be able to download the edit/develop aspects from Lr to a local catalog. But you very quickly run into other issues, such as keywords and many other meta-data items do not sync.
If you are out of space in Lr Cloud, I think you have effectively a few choices:
1. Prune some cruft, and free up space.
2. Buy additional space from Adobe.
3. Export final and original versions of some portion you do not access and place both in some local storage you backup. Now, be aware, you will not see them as part of Lr anymore, some develop settings will be saved, not all (I do not know which ones are saved because Inever cared enough to research this). I have not tried to load these exported images back in, and see what the difference was.....
I persoinally went woth option 1. I went from a little over 2TB at one point down to now 500GB.