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Copy photos to another harddrive /SSD within LR

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Nadine

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Hi there,
I bought a SSD as a new storage place for my photos. However, I would like to COPY - and not MOVE - the photos to the new location. So that in case the SSD breaks, I can temporarily use the old external harddrive and LR will still "know" where my images are on that drive. How can I copy my images/folders from my exernal harddrive to my new SSD within LR? Cheers, Nadine
 

Y.K

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You cannot do it within LrC - The folder panel allows you only to move photos between locations.

It’s also a bad idea to have the same photos as duplicates, referenced twice within LrC.

You should use a backup app that regularly copies the folder structure from one disk to the other disk, outside LrC. All your photo folders should be ideally be under a master parent folder: for example SSDdisk\MyPHOTOS
LrC should reference just this folder and its subfolders. The backup app will sync everything to BackUpDisk\MyPhotos.

If the SSDdisk stops working you will right click on the “missing” MyPhotos folder in LrC’s folder panel and set it to point to the BackUpDisk\MyPhotos.


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Nadine

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You cannot do it within LrC - The folder panel allows you only to move photos between locations.

It’s also a bad idea to have the same photos as duplicates, referenced twice within LrC.

You should use a backup app that regularly copies the folder structure from one disk to the other disk, outside LrC. All your photo folders should be ideally be under a master parent folder: for example SSDdisk\MyPHOTOS
LrC should reference just this folder and its subfolders. The backup app will sync everything to BackUpDisk\MyPhotos.

If the SSDdisk stops working you will right click on the “missing” MyPhotos folder in LrC’s folder panel and set it to point to the BackUpDisk\MyPhotos.


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Ok, thanks, that makes sense! Is there a backup app that you can recommend? Thanks again, Nadine
 

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