I have some duplicates in my slde collection in Lightroom. I want to know whether if I remove one of them will lightroom automatically connect the associated files on the hard drive to the remaining copy?
I want to be certain that my editing will be associated with all of the hard drive versions of the image.
Which Lightroom are you using? If it is Lightrrom and not Lightroom Classic, your images are in the cloud. What do you mean by slides? Are you wanting to delete from the catalog or an album or collection. We need a lot more information in order to help you. It would also help if you could share a screen capture of what you are looking at.
Hi Theresa, It is lightroom classic 4.4 By slides I mean images in the cataogue which I am just building. Over the years and computers I have been keeping backup images which a have been stored on various hard drives. I am now assembling them. I have used commercial duplicate finders to remove most but some are fom different collection that I might want to keep as collection ( I suspect collections though I don't know how and when to make that decision. Do they represent different data bases?). I just don't want to make that decision at this time as I am still organising. I have 60,000 images not including these separate collection which I was planning to add but eliminating duplicates. I also have possibly another 60,000 to add from a different source with no overlap with the present catalogue.They are all being loaded onto a NAS with a built in RAID system and when stable will be backed up remotely
Lightroom Classic allows you to create collections that are virtual. That means you don't have to make duplicates of the images to assign or collect them in mulitple places. A collection is a virtual folder inside of your catalog. Don't create more than one catalog because they can't see the collections inside of each other.
When you remove an image from your Classic catalog you have the option to simply remove Classic's association with the file, or delete it completely from your drive. My recommendation is to get your files as organized as possible before you import into Lightroom Classic. If the duplicate images on your hard drives contain the same metadata and image name, Lightroom Classic will recognize it as a duplicate during the import. This can help you weed out duplicates without having to do it manually.