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How to change the drive letter where LR looks for my photos

msilver2

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At home, I've been keeping all my photos on an external hard drive that my computer knows as the H drive. So the LR catalog looks for my photos on this drive.

I use my laptop computer at work, where i plug into the work network, and then I use the same laptop at home. Because my work network assigns drive letter H to a drive, my new computer, when back home, will not let me assign letter H to the external drive that has my photos.

I'd be happy to give that external drive a different letter, one that doesn't cause a conflict with the letters used at work, but how would LR find my photos? Is there a way to tell LR that all the pathnames in the catalog that begin with H:\ must now be changed, to say X:\ ? Can this be done globally without much trouble?

(In case it matters, my new computer is a windows 10 computer)

Any help is much appreciated
 
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You can also "mount" your drive in a folder. This path will never change, so you can use it to reference your image in LR instaed of a letter.
 

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You can also "mount" your drive in a folder. This path will never change, so you can use it to reference your image in LR instaed of a letter.
Phillippe,

Are you speaking of Windows or Mac OSX? If Windows, it might be helpful to provide a link to a good explanation of how to use a Windows mount process.
 
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Phillippe,

Are you speaking of Windows or Mac OSX? If Windows, it might be helpful to provide a link to a good explanation of how to use a Windows mount process.
MacOS X does not use drive letters. Never has. It uses disk names, so this problem does not occur.
 
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Are you speaking of Windows or Mac OSX?
I'm speaking of Windows. Asigning a folder is done the same way as assigning a letter :
After connecting the external drive, go to the drive management as you would do to assign a letter. Once in drive management :
(My Windows is in french, so my translation might not represent the exact terms in Windows english)
  1. Right click on the drive
  2. Select "Change drive letter and path"
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  3. In the dialog box, select "Add"
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  4. In the new dialog box, select "Mount in the following NTFS folder:"
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    Click on "Browse" to open a browse dialog box

  5. Select a folder (and eventually create a new one)
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    Click "OK" to close the Browse dialog box

  6. Click "OK" to assign the selected folder
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Your drive is now assigned to this path that will never change.
Note the a drive can be assigned more than one path (a letter end a folder, 2 letters, etc.)
On my system, I've a root folder called "DisqueExterne" in wich I've created a folder for each drive (HD or USB key), and I give to the folder the same name as the drive.
I often delete the letter assignment, so the drive is only accessible thru the folder path.

In LR, I use the folder path, not the letter path (if any)
 

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