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Installation of LR6 on new laptop

markandrosakent

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I had to buy a new laptop as the old one packed up.
I had LR6 programme on it, but all the photos were on an external Hard Drive.
I've been able to install LR6 on the new laptop (via the adobe website).
How do I now link lightroom on the new laptop to the photos etc on the external HD?

Thank you
 
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Hi and welcome to the Forums!

This post discusses (and you might want to check through the free eBook here about Moving Computers, look in your Downloads tab):

 

LexS

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Disconnect LR6 from your old mac on the Adobe site, because even it is noit anymore aqvailable on the Adobe site, it still has a maximum of installed apps (I think 5), so that it will not work after a short "trial" time on your new computer.
 
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If the root folder storing your photos and the folder containing your catalog are both in the same parent folder, opening the catalog is enough, photos files will automatically be relinked.
That's why I recommand this configuration if you are storing the catalog and the photos on the same external drive.
 
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If the root folder storing your photos and the folder containing your catalog are both in the same parent folder, opening the catalog is enough, photos files will automatically be relinked.
I'm not so sure that's always true when moving computer as the drive letter can change with Windows. But then it is a simple update location at the top level.
 
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I'm not so sure that's always true when moving computer as the drive letter can change with Windows. But then it is a simple update location at the top level.
Yes, it's still true, Paul. Even moving between Windows and Mac requires no relinking in that specific configuration.
 
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Yes, it's sure. That's because when you open the catalog, that makes LR know the path to the parent folder. Then, since the photo share the same parent folder, their full path is therefore known and updated automatically.
 
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Yes, it's sure. That's because when you open the catalog, that makes LR know the path to the parent folder. Then, since the photo share the same parent folder, their full path is therefore known and updated automatically.
This is how I migrated from being a Windows User to an Mac User. There are two path fields stored in the catalog. 'relativePath'. and 'absolutePath'. The 'absolutePath' will contain a drive letter when on Windows. If the catalog is stored on a different Windows drive, 'relativePath' is not resolvable. However, when the catalog is stored in the same folder path, 'relativePath' is resolvable. and the catalog can "fix" the absolutePath not matter the OS.
 
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