PC to Mac migration of lightroom catalog. Help!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jburrows500, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. jburrows500 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2007
    Hells Kitchen NYC
    Hi.. I can't be the only one ever to have a 400GB Lightroom folder with the catalog and RAW and side car files on an external drive formatted NFTS . I took the drive out of the computer and put it into a USB drive enclosure. I then took another drive, formatted it using my mac to extended journaled. I then called Apple to ask if there was something I needed to do to copy these files over. They were stymied. While they put me on hold numerous times I figured I would just try to copy the folder over. The Apple care person got back on the phone and said he wasn't sure if it would work. I know others have used PC's with large catalogs that went Mac.. How did they do it? It has been copying for the last 2 hours. I haven't tried to import the new folder into lightroom. I have 2 other drives, each 1TB full of home video's. I will buy a new 1TB drive and repeat the process as above if this way works. Am I missing something?


    Update: Opened catalog using lightroom for mac.. each preview has a question mark over it.. missing file. I can see the files in my folder?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I am not at all familiar with Lightroom. But your Mac can read (but not write) natively from a NTFS disk, so what you are doing should work.

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