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Migrating Lightroom CC Library to External Hard Drive

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Dec 28, 2018

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I recently bought a WD Elements portable external hard drive to store all of my Lightroom photos in because I am running out of space on my laptop. I can't seem to figure out how to move all of my photos off of my laptop and put them on my hard drive though. I have found plenty of tutorial videos describing how this is done on Lightroom Classic, but can't find any explanation for how this is done on the new Lightroom CC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Migrating Lightroom CC Library to External Hard Drive

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I recently bought a WD Elements portable external hard drive to store all of my Lightroom photos in because I am running out of space on my laptop. I can't seem to figure out how to move all of my photos off of my laptop and put them on my hard drive though. I have found plenty of tutorial videos describing how this is done on Lightroom Classic, but can't find any explanation for how this is done on the new Lightroom CC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Lightroom CC stores the images in the cloud, not a local hard drive. That’s why you can’t find any information about moving the photos.

Do you possibly also have a Lightroom Classic catalog on the same computer, synced to Lightroom CC? If so, the Classic catalog is pulling the images down from the cloud to your computer, filling up space. If not, something else is filling up your computer.

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But LR CC stores smart previews on the computer. If your catalog is large, that adds up to a lot of space. How do you get LR CC to store the smart previews on the external hard drive?

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If you turned on the preference to store a copy of images locally, that would fill up your computer too. You can change the location of the copied originals in the Lr CC preferences. Lightroom CC preferences

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I have the same issue, how do I tell lightroom to build the lightroom librayr.lrlibrary file on my external hard drive instead of on my mac? The catalog is filling up my computer even with the previews and local stores turned off. 

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If you have a constant internet connection then unless speed of accessing the photos is crucial then you probably wouldn't need to store the Smart Previews. Obviously if you are travelling a lot whilst using Lightroom then it’s useful to have them locally.

I believe there is only an option to store a copy of originals externally, not the Smart Previews.

If you are struggling for space try not storing them locally and maybe reduce the cache size in preferences also?

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