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If photos and catalogues are moved within Lightroom Classic, is synchronisation automatic.

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Thanks to Victoria and Paul awhile back, I got my Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC on laptop, Web Lightroom, Mobile Lightroom on ipads and mobiles to synchronise after everything went pear shaped and synchronising had stalled completely after panic attacks on my old 2012 Macbook pro.
It took several weeks of patient cleaning up the Lightroom files and a long synchronisation time.

Inside Lightroom Classic, I am exporting my photos (1.56 TB) , Lightroom Classic and LRCC catalogs from off an elderly, 6 years old, LaCie HDD external hard drive to the new Macbook Pro M1 Max.

Will Lightroom on the web and two ipads and phones need synchronising time again? or will the Lightroom transfer the information without a long synchronisation time?

(The LaCie becomes unbearably hot as it is probably the thunderbolt 1 connection to the new USB C Macbook connection. Apparently HDD drives can last 6 years (?)
 
Inside Lightroom Classic, I am exporting my photos (1.56 TB) , Lightroom Classic and LRCC catalogs from off an elderly, 6 years old, LaCie HDD external hard drive to the new Macbook Pro M1 Max.

You do mean moving, don't you? In that case, any movement of files that you do in Classic will be synced automatically and quickly.
 
Inside Lightroom Classic, I am exporting my photos (1.56 TB) , Lightroom Classic and LRCC catalogs
it depends on what you mean. If you are doing these things from within Lrc and then moving the resulting files to the new drive and launching the catalog from there, then Synching will get all balled up and LrC will tell you that you can only sync one catalog at a time.

What you want to do is
  1. close LrC
  2. COPY the entire folder containing the LrC catalog to the new drive.
  3. COPY all the images to the new drive without changing their folder structure. You can put them all under a different master parent though
  4. Open the catalog on from the new drive
  5. If the folders in the Folders panel stil show up as being on the old drive, relink them to the new drive - do not export them, do not import them - relink them.
LrC synching will now be happy and will not have to re-sync everything as you are using the same catalog as before, just that it happens to be stored on a different drive.
 
it depends on what you mean. If you are doing these things from within Lrc and then moving the resulting files to the new drive and launching the catalog from there, then Synching will get all balled up and LrC will tell you that you can only sync one catalog at a time.

What you want to do is
  1. close LrC
  2. COPY the entire folder containing the LrC catalog to the new drive.
  3. COPY all the images to the new drive without changing their folder structure. You can put them all under a different master parent though
  4. Open the catalog on from the new drive
  5. If the folders in the Folders panel stil show up as being on the old drive, relink them to the new drive - do not export them, do not import them - relink them.
LrC synching will now be happy and will not have to re-sync everything as you are using the same catalog as before, just that it happens to be stored on a different drive.
Hi Calidan, got up to No 3 instruction and then copying the files from external disk to Macbook Pro stalled, due to the Smart Preview.lrdata file could not be read or written to.
Posted another set of queries on deleting and building smart previews .
Thanks for your help
 
it depends on what you mean. If you are doing these things from within Lrc and then moving the resulting files to the new drive and launching the catalog from there, then Synching will get all balled up and LrC will tell you that you can only sync one catalog at a time.

What you want to do is
  1. close LrC
  2. COPY the entire folder containing the LrC catalog to the new drive.
  3. COPY all the images to the new drive without changing their folder structure. You can put them all under a different master parent though
  4. Open the catalog on from the new drive
  5. If the folders in the Folders panel stil show up as being on the old drive, relink them to the new drive - do not export them, do not import them - relink them.
LrC synching will now be happy and will not have to re-sync everything as you are using the same catalog as before, just that it happens to be stored on a different drive.
You do mean moving, don't you? In that case, any movement of files that you do in Classic will be synced automatically and quickly.
Thanks for your reply.
 
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