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How to change local storage drive?

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Nov 28, 2018

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I have a dedicated SSD (D:) that I used to use for my LR Classic catalog and full size previews.

Since moving to LR CC, it insists on using my C: drive, leaving my SSD 😧 drive unused, and it runs my my C: drive low on space.

How do I change the drive that is used for local storage from C: to D:?

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Correct answer by Jim Wilde | Adobe Community Professional

You can change the location of the locally stored copy of originals via the Preferences>Local Storage tab.

However, you can't change the location of the local library that LRCC requires for its catalog and previews cache, that's fixed to the user's library (in AppData/Local on Windows, in Pictures on MacOS). The best you can do is set the photo cache size to the lowest % figure, but you can't eliminate the space usage completely.

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How to change local storage drive?

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I have a dedicated SSD (D:) that I used to use for my LR Classic catalog and full size previews.

Since moving to LR CC, it insists on using my C: drive, leaving my SSD 😧 drive unused, and it runs my my C: drive low on space.

How do I change the drive that is used for local storage from C: to D:?

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Correct answer by Jim Wilde | Adobe Community Professional

You can change the location of the locally stored copy of originals via the Preferences>Local Storage tab.

However, you can't change the location of the local library that LRCC requires for its catalog and previews cache, that's fixed to the user's library (in AppData/Local on Windows, in Pictures on MacOS). The best you can do is set the photo cache size to the lowest % figure, but you can't eliminate the space usage completely.

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You can change the location of the locally stored copy of originals via the Preferences>Local Storage tab.

However, you can't change the location of the local library that LRCC requires for its catalog and previews cache, that's fixed to the user's library (in AppData/Local on Windows, in Pictures on MacOS). The best you can do is set the photo cache size to the lowest % figure, but you can't eliminate the space usage completely.

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Nov 29, 2018

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Thx, that's too bad.

Do you, or anybody else, happen to know if such a setting is in the works, or if a request to add it, has been logged?

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Jan 23, 2020

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I second this! I've been using many M.2 NVME Thunderbolt drives and each is far larger than my tiny 250gb system drive. It would be nice to have the same cache % feature for a targeted drive.

 

In total, I have about 1tb in my LR CC library maxing out my CC storage. I want to bring this down to less than 500gbs. However, both my internet connection and my external HDD where all of my originals are stored, is too slow to key through 1tb efficiently. If I could specify a drive for smart caching / album specific caching, then I could run through my files far faster save a lot of time and headache.

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Feb 24, 2020

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Why on earth is that not posible?

Why oh why!

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This was a deal-breaker several years ago and it's a deal-breaker again now.

 

I have over 100Gb free on an external drive, but Lightroom CC can't load an iPhoto library of 40+Gb that's on it because it somehow has to cache materials for the library on my main MacBook drive, which is low on storage space (hence the need to store the library on an external drive in the first place). The laptop drive is the default Local Storage drive, and can't be changed to the external drive - so, Disk is Full errors even at 0% caching.

 

It's absurd that this issue hasn't been resolved several years on. Why can't the whole library just be stored on an external drive?

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Feb 25, 2020

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Same here - I have about 1Gb free on my main (C:) drive - 700Gb on one secondary (D:) drive and nearly 2TB on another (H:) drive
Photoshop has always, or for at least 25 years, been able to move its scratch disk to another disk - and even split it on several disks - So why not Lightroom?

Why oh why!

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Apr 30, 2020

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just in case if someone from adobe is reading this i'm also + for being able to change the location of the local library that LR required for its catalog and previews cache

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Any news on it? Is there any chance that this problem will be solved? LR is absolutely killing my C drive and I have multiple additional drives half empty.

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Aug 29, 2020

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So this is possible (at least in macOS). Lightroom CC stores the cached images inside the Users folder (i.e. Users\Adam\Pictures) so if you move the location of your user folder, Lightroom will use that new location. I did that this morning. My situation is I got a new Mac Pro, added an 8TB M.2 RAID which can read/write >7GB/s so wanted to use that instead of the SSD macOS was installed on. It's rather straightforward - here's a detailed way to do that.

I recognize that this means everything moves over to this drive which in my case, was what I wanted. I have a rather large Apple Photos library as well and glad to have it running on the faster drive.

One caveat is that I just moved it this morning and actually came here because when I go into Lightroom, it tells me it's in the process of moving my photos (assume it means the cache) and it's taking forever: (Disk2 is my M.2 RAID)

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There is NO "Local Storage" tab in my current version of Lightroom Classic. 

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Same, I was so excited to finally get Lightroom, and now I'm already thinking about cancelling my subscription because I just don't have the room. It's awful.

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Nov 26, 2020

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Adobe can we PLEASE get this addressed? 

 

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