Best way to move entire Lightroom 2 library ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by NStocks, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    #1
    Hi,

    I've got around 1200 photo's in my LR library that have been edited etc. I need to move the whole library to my new mac, but keep the files structure, history and organization the same.

    The photo's were imported from one location to Lightroom, but once in LR I edit them and create new folder, this is reflected in the Finder.

    I know there is a back-up utility within LR, but I need to move all the Photo from their original location...

    I have a 500GB External HD.

    Thank You
     
  2. Nicholie macrumors regular

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    Simple.

    First, make sure all your photos inside Lightroom (however you have them organized) are listed in one over-arching folder. Mine for example, is just called 2009 - Pictures . This step isn't 100% necessary, but will make your life easier.

    Second, move that folder with all your photos to your new computer.

    Third, move the Lightroom catalog ( [Username]>Pictures>Lightroom i believe] ) to the new machine, in the same folder.

    Now, on the new machine start-up Lightroom and open that catalog. If some of your folder names have changed (likely) Lightroom will show your folders and photos as "missing". Right click the overarching folder and choose "Find Missing Folder". Then, navigate and select the moved folder.

    Lightroom will drill down and find the rest.
     
  3. NStocks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    And will this also save all the metadata, history etc.

    Thank You

    EDIT : Just tested this and it works prefectly :D Thanks !
     

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