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  1. D

    If I use Lightroom backups, do I need to use Time Machine?

    Mac user here using Lightroom Classic. I create Lightroom catalog backups on an external drive, a new backup each time I exit Lightoom. I periodically make a "clone" of that drive onto another external drive. MY QUESTION: Do I need to include my Lightroom catalog in my MacOS Time Machine...
  2. kathie_1

    Catalogs Keeping backups of old catalogues

    Lightroom Classic has recently updated again and created a new catalogue - do I need to keep the old ones? It's chewing up a lot of space - I've got it, but the backups take quite a long time because of it. Thoughts? I do regularly remove backup files in the backup folder (keeping the latest...
  3. H

    Catalogs about backup of catalogue

    hello, I am using Lighroom classic with mini mac (OS Ventura). All of my photo data is in external HD(A). I do copy them in another external HD (B). I have a question. when I tried to open the catalogue from external HD (B) without connection external HD(A), I could not open it. because of...
  4. Califdan

    New year! Backup Challenge for everyone reading this forum

    Having both local and cloud based backups is critical. YES I MEAN YOU AND I MEAN NOW, NOT "WHEN YOU GET AROUND TO IT" Many of you are "meaning" to get around to this later and many others of you "think" you have a solid backup system in place only to find out that you don't when something...
  5. BoulderG

    External portable automatic SD card backups?

    I do a lot of field photography and want a backup that's not a laptop. Since 2018, I've enjoyed my WD (Western Digital) My Passport Wireless Pro. This is an external 2TB USB hard drive (spinny, not SSD), internal battery, and nifty software so you simply insert an SD card and it will do...
  6. B

    Catalog backup error

    I have run into a reoccurring problem in Lightroom Classic when I am making a backup. I manage an older photographer's archive, ~300k film scans and digital images, and I make backups on a daily basis during the week, at the end of every day. Every once in awhile, I run into an issue where...
  7. S

    Application to sync folders to NAS

    I have started using a Mac for Lightroom. I have my pictures stored on a network NAS, but to speed up import and processing, I will stage the last couple of months on my local Mac disk before changing the location in Lightroom to point to the NAS. So workflow is: 1. Import pictures from memory...
  8. celeste

    Import not working

    Workflow that I've used for years: Copy my raw files to my external harddrive Launch LrC Click the import button on the lower left hand corner in library view Select the photos to import (check all, add from location, do not import duplicates) Click the import button on the lower right. New...
  9. sharkluvr

    Photo storage on external SSD drive and how best to back up

    I currently have a Mac Pro 2010 which is on its last legs and the OS can't be updated. I have decided to get the new Mac Studio M2 Max. I have approximately 2.5TB on two internal drives and I will need to move them to an external drive. Looking for recommendations for SSD and also how best...
  10. T

    Any theory (or better yet, actual knowledge) about why .tif files have gone missing...and how to fix?

    Howdy all. I am doing a Mac swap, replacing my iMac with a shiny new M2 MBP. This means downsizing and moving my storage for Master Photo files. Copying them to a portable 4TB Samsung T7 Shield, and moving my LR catalog to the MBP HDD. All good so far. But when I went to generate smart...
  11. J

    Catalogs Lightroom was unable to back up the catalog named "Lightroom Catalog-v12"

    I have backed up my Lightroom Classic catalog about once a week since early 2020 using the popup when exiting Lightroom Classic, but I remove old backups and only keep the most recent 4 to 5 backups in my backup folder to keep down on excess bloat. Ever since January 2023, I have been unable to...
  12. M

    Question marks ( ? )on folders on the left

    I had a problem where (having upgraded to Vertura and the latest LrC update) found it wouldn't open. So I cleared the presets and found a backup of a catalog I made a few days ago. I unzipped it and used it to get LrC open. I've backed-up and reopened LrC a couple of times. However, I notice a...
  13. S

    A way to (add a feature?) for Lightroom to recognize an event

    Is there a way for Lightroom to recognize events and find associated photos? Let say I take on of my wedding shoots. I have some images from the event, I tell Lightroom they are from an event called A. (A wedding) then LrC will use its master can do anything AI power to find all the other...
  14. E

    Very slow backup on 3TB local drive

    Hi, I'm new to Lightroom Classic. Up to a couple of days ago catalog backups were almost instantaneous (the catalog size is only 140Mb). Now, however, I have tried to close LR and said yes to the backup now question. An error message appeared to say that it could not back up to the location...
  15. Y

    Backing up with Dropbox

    Just started to use Dropbox for backing up on my p.c. . My L.R. catalogue and Dropbox app are located on drive 'c' but my photos are in a folder on drive 'd'. To enable backing up the photos I have to move the folder from drive "d" into the Dropbox which is on drive 'c'. How will this affect...
  16. K

    CATALOG Backup fails

    Can anyone tell me why my Backup command is ignored by Lightroom? I am running LR Classic, version 11.5 on a Mac running Big Sur. I have always done a BU every few days with no trouble. This week, however after returning from vacation where I used only my very full MBP, I decided to get a good...
  17. Birdbrain186

    Is there a way to copy "edit history" ?

    As a precaution against "catastrophic failure" I have started keeping for backup purposes a duplicate copy of all my RAW files on different external drive to the "first copy" RAW files. And as part of my "workflow", after making .jpg files from the RAW files, I then copy (using Windows...
  18. S

    Is it now possible to store Lightroom images on a local drive?

    I was just reviewing this page of Adobe's website, in preparation for migrating my LrC catalog to Lightroom. I came across this passage in the "Local Storage Preferences" section: Is this new? I was under the impression that there was no way to store full-resolution copies of images imported...
  19. nremy1984

    LR Classic catalogue on OneDrive (MacOS), minimising bandwidth usage

    Hi everyone, I have read half a dozen threads on the topic of using OneDrive with Lightroom Classic so I think my question is slightly different. Besides, most over threads were from Windows users, whereas I am one of the odd Apple lovers that also loves... Microsoft Office! And I've got a...
  20. Paul_DS256

    Worth Not Backing Up Previews?

    I have a nightly backup to an external disk. I specifically exclude all '*.lrprev' files thinking this will reduce the backup size for files LrC can recreate. I just reviewed https://www.lightroomqueen.com/backup-lightroom-files/ and now wonder if I should be excluding the directory...
  21. Birdbrain186

    Is there any point adding keywords to RAW files?

    After recently unchecking the "Automatically write changes into XMP" option within my LR catalog settings (my previous posting refers) so I now no longer generate any .xmp files, I have gone on to review my LR "workflow" and am wondering whether there is really any point in my adding keywords to...
  22. H

    Is a full move to the cloud based service really possible?

    Folks, I've been an LR desktop user since it was originally released. I have one very large catalog with over 300,000 images and smaller catalogs that together make up this large catalog. My current workflow is to import onto an Ipad (and this is where most of my editing takes place now too)...
  23. M

    CUSTOM PROFILES no longer a necessary part of BACKUP?

    For several years I have been using a old, dog-eared copy BACKUP CHECKLIST, provided by Victoria as a free download. Recently, I purchased her FAQ book, (why didn't I do that sooner? excellent!) and I note that in the BACKUP CHECKLIST (p. 67) that CUSTOM PROFILES are no longer listed as...
  24. summerseddy

    The Great Reinstall...

    Hi everyone, I am finally migrating over to a better system. I've been using a tiny NUC as a PC for the last 3.5yrs, and whilst I've enjoyed many features and perks it brought, it is just nowadays underpowered for many of the tasks I perform. I have a Legion 5 laptop coming tomorrow or Tuesday...
  25. Laura Smith

    Thoughts on backing up Lightroom cloud?

    I'm finding myself using Lightroom cloud much more than Classic, so I'm looking for workarounds for the things I still use Classic for, to see if I can stop using it completely. One thing I still use Classic for is a local backup. It'd be great to hear your thoughts on the pros and cons of...
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