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Moving my Lightroom catalog to a new 2nd internal HDD


Active Member
Dec 31, 2007
Hi All

Now... I appreciate that as a keen and long term Lightroom user I should really know how to do this, but nonetheless I wanted to get expert opinion and advice just in case I get something wrong.

I simply want to move my current 20GB Lightroom 4 catalog, which resides on my MacbookPro internal 350GB HDD, to the second internal 750GB HDD I have installed in place of the DVD Optical drive.

I have all my images backed up, and have backed up the LR catalog too... so how do I go about moving the entire catalog please?

Many thanks

Mark Sirota

Senior Member
Oct 8, 2007
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Just move the .lrcat file and the previews database alongside. (Always safer to copy, test, then delete the original.)

Double-click the new copy to open it. If you have Lightroom configured to always open the most recent catalog, that'll do it.