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Moving LR Data base to EHD

banksiagirl

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Hi everyone, :)
I need to move my LR database to my EHD. My laptop needs to be reloaded I'm told. Lots of issues. I have my 2012 photos on the EHD and the older photos on the laptop. Moving those photos isn't a problem but I'm not sure what needs to be copied from the LR folder in My Pics on the laptop.
Do I just copy that over? I'll need to use our PC for my work until I get the laptop back. Or can I just open up the latest backup on the other computer after I have moved all the photos to the EHD...within LR!
I don't want my catalog & previews to install on the other computer. Ideally I'd use my catalog on our PC then take it to work and use it on my workplace's copy of LR.
I hope that's not too confused!
 
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Hi banksiagirl, welcome to the forum!

Here's a quick run down of the things you'll need to move to a new computer: http://members.lightroomqueen.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/1165/185/how-do-i-move-my-catalog-photos-and-other-lightroom-files-to-a-new-computer

Since the photos are already on the EHD and you've already got them linked up, you're most of the way there.

Close LR and copy the catalog and previews onto the EHD, then double click on the catalog on the EHD to check that everything's still working as expected.

In that link, you'll also find locations for things like your presets and default settings, which you'll want to back up and copy over.

Then install LR on the PC, double click on the EHD catalog to open it, and double check that everything looks right before starting to reload your laptop. Just watch out for the EHD drive letter changing - if that happens, we can talk you through changing it back to the letter LR's expecting.
 

banksiagirl

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Thanks Victoria, that sounds not so complicated. Thanks for your help!
 
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